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