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

reindeer cookies

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.

How to decorate gingerbread reindeer cookies for Christmas Holidays

Gingerbread man cookie

Then it's all icing!

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.

How to make reindeer cookies

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.

How to make reindeer cookies with royal icing

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

How to make reindeer cookies EASY REINDEER COOKIES

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!

Easy Gingerbread Reindeer cookies for the Holidays Christmas

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.

I start with:

4 cups icing sugar
3 tablespoons meringue powder
a teaspoon of vanilla
and 9 tablespoons water.

I add these to my Kitchen Aid Mixer and beat on low to combine, then on high for 6-7 minutes.
The royal icing is then ready to colour and decorate with!

Reindeer Cookie favors


  1. Love watching you decorate the reindeer...I have always been so intimidated decorating cookies. So cute, thanks for sharing!

  2. Great cookies. Is it Wilton icing colour? Which one?

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    1. This icing recipe is great and it makes a lot.


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