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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

Happy Holidays!