Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies - Handmade in the Heartland

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
Let the Christmas music begin its officially the start of the season! I love everything that December brings- family, parties, treats, dinners, presents, and reflecting on how grateful i am for the birth of my Savior. So lets get to the treats, shall we?  Ok can we just talk about how cute these reindeer cookies are, so stinkin' cute?! They remind me a lot of the spider cookies i made for halloween, and actually i used the exact same peanut butter cookie recipe because its was so good! So when your doing your holiday baking be sure to add these to your list. 

Peanut Butter Cookies
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Decor ingredients:
mini pretzels
mini chocolate chips
red m&m's

Preheat the oven to 350.  Stir together dry ingredients.  In a mixer cream butter, shortening, and peanut butter until smooth.  Add the sugars and keep mixing until well blended.  Add eggs, one at a time, and then vanilla.  Add flour in two parts and mix until combined.  

Shape dough into balls and place an inch apart on a silpat lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.  While they are baking or before cut the pretzels into "antlers", i just took a pairing knife and cut the rounded outer parts of the pretzel off. When you take the cookies out of the oven immediately place the pretzels in the top for the antlers, an m&m for the nose, and mini chocolate chips for the eyes.  Let the cool and enjoy!
 Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Also on a side note i need to say that i am so SO so grateful for all of you reading, commenting, and creating things from this blog.  It makes me so very happy- i had 10 people show me in some way (twitter, fb, instagram) their turkey cheese ball's yesterday and i just loved seeing them all! if you ever make anything from the blog please share it with me! i love to see your own versions :) 

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