Chocolate Rudolph Sugar Cookies

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Christmas themed desserts are always so much fun. These adorable Rudolph Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday dessert table!

You just can’t go wrong with adorable reindeer recipes around Christmas time, right!?

Not only are these Rudolph Chocolate Sugar cookies delicious and adorable, but they are also a great, easy recipe to make with kids this holiday season.

How to make Chocolate Rudolph Sugar Cookies

(you’l find a printable recipe card at the end of this post)

Gather your ingredients.

You’ll need butter, sugar, an egg, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt for the cookies.

Then you’ll need black and red frosting and pretzels for decorating the reindeer cookies.


First you’ll make a batch of chocolate sugar cookies.

Cream your butter and sugar, then add the eggs and beat well.

Then mix in all the dry ingredients until the cookie dough forms.

You’ll want to refrigerate the cookie dough for about an hour before shaping it.

After an hour or so, preheat your oven. While the oven is preheating roll out the cookie dough and use a cookie cutter to cut it into a 2 inch circle.

Press half a pretzel into the top of the circle for the antlers.

Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes, then allow them to cool.

Now, use icing to create the Rudolph’s face. Add a red circle for his nose.

Then add two black dots for Rudolph’s eyes.

That’s it! So easy!

Now that you have adorable Rudolph Cookies, why not try another fun Reindeer Christmas recipe?

These reindeer hot chocolate stirrers are always a favorite at my house!

Yield: 12 - 15 cookies

Chocolate Rudolph Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Rudolph Sugar Cookies

Adorable Rudolph Christmas cookies your kids will love baking AND eating!


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour + extra for rolling
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 12-15 hard pretzels, snapped in half
  • Black and red decorating frosting


    In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and beat some more.

    Next add all of the dry ingredients into the mix: flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt.

    Mix and knead until a cookie dough forms.

    Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for one hour.

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

    Once the chilling time is up, remove the cookie dough from the fridge.

    Sprinkle a smooth surface with flour. Add flour on a rolling pin as well.

    Roll out the cookie dough so that it’s about ¼ of an inch in size.

    Use a round cookie cutter, about 2 inches in diameter, to cut out 12-15 cookies.

    Press 2 pretzel halves on the top of each cookie - these will act as the reindeer’s antlers.

    Bake for 7 to 9 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

    With a round piping tip, pipe out a red nose and two black dots (for eyes) on the reindeer.

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