How to make Rudolph Cookies

Rudolph Reindeer Cookies

These adorable Rudolph Reindeer Cookies are the cutest things I’ve ever made! I’ll teach you how to make Rudolph Cookies with just a few tricks and simple ingredients! They’re adorable and so easy to make!

This would be a perfect cookie decorating activity for the kids or even to make for the neighbors.  You can use whatever cookies you want and even store-bought frosting to make it even easier.  Because as you know, I’m all about making things easier :)

How to Make Rudolph Cookies

I use frosted cookies, Nilla wafers, pretzels, red M&M’s and cute eyeballs.  But what are the eyeballs?  More M&M’s! So easy! I look forward to Mint M&M’s every December and this is one of my favorite things to do with them.

How to make easy candy eyes

You can make the chocolate dollop on the white M&M’s as big or small as you want, you sort of just draw them on with the toothpick.  Now, I made Reindeer Cupcakes last year and this is my cookie version, but I also piped the chocolate on the eyes last year.  However, I do like this toothpick method better, it gives you a little more control and plus it’s really easy to have a bunch of children do it this way!

Rudolph Cookies

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How to make Rudolph Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies

How to make Rudolph Cookies


Easy Brownie Cookies:
1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
2 eggs
1/3 C. oil
Chocolate Frosting:
3/4 C. butter, softened
1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. milk. more if needed
2 C. powdered sugar, more if needed
Mint M&M's, you'll need the red the white
Nilla Wafers
1/4, C. Melted chocolate


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with parchment paper.
2. Combine cake mix, eggs and oil together. Batter will be thick. If you you think too thick, you can add a touch more oil!
3. Make dough balls just smaller than a golf ball and place on pans, press down so they don't bake up too tall!
4. Bake for 7-9 minutes depending on how fudgey you want them to be.
5. Let cool.
6. Frosting: Beat butter. Add cocoa, vanilla and milk. Slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Add more milk to make thinner.
7. To make Reindeer Eyes: Melt your chocolate (I used melts but you can use whatever you hand on hand). Use the tip of a toothpick to "dot" a glob of melted chocolate onto each white M&M. You can make the chocolate part of the eyes as large as you want! (see photos above)
8:To assemble (see photos above) frosting cookies, place Nilla wafer, pretzels, then use a little frosting to stick on the red nose (red M&M) and eyes. If you want some reindeer other than Rudolph, just use brown M&M's or Reese's Pieces!

I’m doing this post as part of a big Blogger Holiday Cookie Exchange!  Here’s a photo of all the cookies involved and the links to them are below! Aren’t my friends so talented?!


Chocolate Cherry Sandwich Cookies from Taste and Tell

Gingersnap Biscotti from Completely Delicious

Eggnog Snickerdoodles from Cooking Classy

True Love Cookies from Creme de la Crumb

Candy Cane Cheesecake Cookies from Sweet Treats and More

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Macaroons from Inside BruCrew Life

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies from Our Best Bites

Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Cookies from Sweet Basil

Chocolate Mallow Drops from The Recipe Critic

Fruit Filled Pecan Thumbprint Cookies from Chef in Training

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Rudolph Cookies from Your Cup of Cake (me!)

6 thoughts on “How to make Rudolph Cookies

  1. 1
    Tricia Ann says:

    HI Lizzy- I’ve been following you for a while now- back when you use to send out emails to subscribers- I really miss those in my inbox… LOL But have a ? for you about the reindeer cookies- did you use the regular sized Nilla wafers or the mini ones?
    Thanks in advance for your guidance :-) Tricia Ann

    • 1.1

      Oh my! That’s so sad to hear because I do still send out emails! I don’t know how your email got removed from the list! That’s very concerning… But I used the regular sized Nillas!

  2. 2
    Deborah says:

    I seriously think these are the cutest cookies I’ve ever seen!!

  3. 3
    NANCY says:

    So anxious to make these. Easy is my middle name!!!

  4. 4
    Pam Friedler says:

    I love this site!! Made these sweet Rudolf’s for our church cookie walk and they are a HUGE hit!!

  5. 5
    tricia says:

    Hi! Love the recipe! I wondered if premade chocolate frosting could be substituted for the homemade? Also, does your frosting dry/firm up enough so it’s not tacky? I’m trying to figure out transport for the cookies! Thanks :)

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