Day 2 of our Christmas Cookies – Peanut Butter Reindeer
3/4 cup Peanut Butter
1-1/4 firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or shortening
2-1/2 to 3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
Chocolate covered mini pretzels
Miniature brown M & M\’s or brown Smarties
Red Hot round cinnamon candies or red M & M\’s
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until just blended.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix until just blended.
Form one inch balls. Shape the ball by pinching the bottom of the ball slightly to form a point, then flatten gently with your hand, making a reindeer shaped face. Space the cookies about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set or just beginning to brown. Do not over-bake.
Remove from oven and immediately (and gently) press two mini pretzels into the tops of the cookies for antlers. Press two mini brown M & M\’s or Smarties in for eyes, and one Red Hot or red M&M in for the nose (of course, they don\’t all have to be Rudolph!)
Allow to cool on the baking sheet before transferring. Makes a herd of about 40 reindeer.