How to make Holiday Reindeer Cookies with Royal Icing and a gingerbread cookie cutter

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For the past few years I have made these Reindeer Gingerbread Cookies and they have definitely become a Christmas favourite. You get the reindeer head shape by taking a gingerbread man cookie and turning it upside-down.

Then it's all icing! 

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First make the shape of the head with light brown royal icing. I start with a "T" shape and then spread the icing out. I use a toothpick to pull the edge of the ears to a point. 

Then I add the antlers, ear detail and nose with royal icing in a slightly darker brown.  

I added red candy on some of them for their noses. 

Then a couple of dark brown dots for eyes and a sweep of the same icing for a mouth. 

These are fun and festive and easily made with items around your house. I love to decorate with royal icing using the back of a small spoon and a toothpick or two! 

For royal icing I start with a basic consistency and thicken or thin with small amounts of water to adjust to how I like it.

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TO MAKE ROYAL ICING

I start with

  • 4 cups icing sugar

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder

  • a teaspoon of vanilla

  • 9 tablespoons water.

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I add these to my Kitchen Aid Mixer and beat on low to combine, then on high for 6-7 minutes. If I find the consistency to be too thick for my appoication i add more water, a tablespoon at a time, until it’s where I want it.

The royal icing is then ready to colour and decorate with!


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