Rudolph reindeer cookies: kids’ favorites

by Elena Levati

Rudolph reindeer cookies: kids’ favorites and, without a doubt, my little girls too!

The myth of the red-nosed Santa Claus reindeer is definitely universal and always wins the hearts of all children! So, to make Rudolph “one of the family” I find very cute the idea of ​a special cookie!

I certainly did not invent Rudolph reindeer cookies (unfortunately: D): they are famous all over the world and there are many recipes on the internet!

They are essentially shortcrust cookies very simply decorated with a sketch that recalls the reindeer antlers and the inevitable red nose created with a smarties!

How did I customize my Rudolph reindeer cookies?

I customized them giving the shortcrust pastry a darker color, more like a reindeer 😉 by adding a little cocoa to the dough.

Then I also customized the taste, using a part of grated coconut: we know that the coconut and chocolate mix is ​​always super winning! You agree with me, right?

Rudolph reindeer cookies

Perfect to an homemade gift, to the Santa Claus xmas eve snack and also for your homemade advent calendar!

We prepare them every year generally on December 23rd in order to have them ready for the Christmas Eve Santa Claus snack! So, we think, even Rudoplh will be happy to see that we have reproduced it and maybe he will make sure that Santa Claus leaves us some unexpected surprise! 😉

But this year we’ll also make them for our special homemade advent calendar and, sure, for some gifts!

Let’s go to the recipe!

Rudolph reindeer cookies


Here are some:

Galletas de reno Rudolph


Delicious to taste with the mouth and with the eyes! Simple coconut and cocoa shortcrust cookies become the face of the most famous reindeer in the world in just a few steps: Rudolph!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
resting time 1 hr
Course cookies
Cuisine Italiana
Servings 12 cookies


  • 120 g flour 00
  • 10 g bitter cocoa
  • 20 g coconut
  • 60 g brown sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 65 g cold butter
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • 50 g dark chocolate
  • red smarties.


  • Sift the flour with the cocoa and pour it into a bowl.
  • Add the coconut, orange peel and sugar: mix.
  • Now add the cold diced butter and work with your fingertips, rubbing the ingredients to get a floury dough.
  • At this point add the egg yolks and knead getting a homogeneous mixture.
  • Form a loaf, wrap it in film and put it in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven at 180 °C.
  • Take the dough and roll it out thinly enough on a floured surface.
  • Cut out the cookies using a round mold (or a glass) and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Knead the scraps and roll them out again to get more cookies.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, melt the chocolate, place it in a paper cone or pastry pen and use it to draw Rudolph’s horns, eyes and mouth on the cookies.
  • Use a drop of chocolate to glue Rudoplh’s typical red nose: the smarties!
  • Let the decorations set and enjoy!
Keyword christmas cookeis, christmas cookies for a gift, homemade gifts, reindeer cookies, rudolph cookies

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