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Christmas Reindeer Cookie Bars Recipe

Christmas Reindeer Cookie Bars Recipe

Easy, quick and fun to make, these Reindeer Cookie Bars are the perfect treats this holiday season! With only a few ingredients and ready in about 30 minutes, it’s one of our family’s favorite Christmas dessert recipes and I’m sure it will become one of yours too! 

I absolutely love baking during the holiday season but there are so many things I want to do and so many treats I want to make that I often run out of time. But I still want to make more, do more and create as many delicious, fun foods as I can while the holiday season is here. Easy, yummy and festive holiday desserts are something I go out of my way to find. 

reindeer cookie bars

I was really excited to try these reindeer cookie bars because they are simply adorable. They really add to the warm, holiday atmosphere that I try to create in my home. These Christmas cookie bars are also surprisingly easy to make. They may look complicated but they only take about 10 minutes to put together. How can something this festive and tasty be made so quickly? Let me tell you!

Why You’ll Love Them

  • Easy to decorate. No fancy piping bags or tips required.
  • Simple ingredients. If you know how to make cookies, you can make these.
  • Kids can help. This is a fun holiday dessert to make as a family.
  • Feeds A Crowd. Sell them a bake sales, serve them a Christmas parties, or set them out at family dinners.


First, you need to get together the ingredients for these reindeer cookie bars.

For this recipe, you will need:

A roll of cookie dough, candy eyes, chocolate frosting, jelly beans, and a few pieces of pretzels.

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough– Any type of packaged, refrigerated cookie dough will work.
  • Chocolate Frosting– I like to look for fudge frosting which tends to be darker chocolate but any kind of chocolate buttercream will work. You can even make your own!
  • Mini Pretzel Twists– These will be used to make the reindeers antlers.
  • Candy Eyes– Any store that sells baking supplies or cake decorating ingredients will have candy eyes. You can also order them online to be delivered right to your door!
  • M&Ms– I use M&M’s to make the reindeer noses. Red M&M’s are great for Rudolph while brown candies are good for all the other reindeer in Santa’s lineup. 

With just five ingredients, you are going to make the most adorable reindeer. I like to use packaged chocolate chip cookie dough to make this recipe as easy as possible but you can also make your own cookie dough. One regular sized batch of cookie dough will work! 

How to Make Reindeer Cookie Bars

Now comes the fun part of the recipe- baking and decorating! Let me walk you through the steps with a little more detail so you know exactly how it’s done. 

1. Preheat your oven to 350 and place a parchment circle in the bottom of a 9” cake pan. I also like to spray a little baking spray in the pan just to make the cookies easier to pop out once baked.

Raw cookie dough spread out in the bottom of a round pie plate.

2. Press the cookie dough into the pan, making it as even as possible. 

A round chocolate chip cookie that is the same size as a pie, cooling on a wire rack.

3. Bake the cookie cake for 20-25 minutes. The top will be a golden brown and the center will not look liquid or wet. 

4. Let the baked cookie cool in the pan for about 15 minutes then flip the pan upside down to pop out the big cookie. Let the cookie cool completely on a cooling rack. 

Adding chocolate frosting to the large cookie.

5. Spread the frosting over the entire top of the cookie, covering it completely. 

Slicing the large cookie into triangle pie-shaped pieces.

6. While the frosting is still soft, cut the round cookie into eight slices as if it were a pizza. I like to cut it all the way in half, then cut those halves in half and then in half again! Just be sure to wipe your knife after each cut so the cookies stay clean. 

reindeer cookie bars

7. Line up the triangles on a pretty tray or cutting board so the points are facing you. 

8. Press two pretzel halves in both top corners of the triangles. These are the antlers for your reindeer.

reindeer cookie bars recipe

9. Add an M&M near the bottom point of the triangle then add two eyes near the center. 

10. Let the frosting set a little before serving the reindeer bars. This will help the decorations stick better. 

Pretty easy, right? Just bake, frost and decorate! A Christmas recipe this easy is going to be made again and again in my house. I will probably bring them to every holiday event I have this year! 

How to Store Reindeer Cookie Bars

reindeer cookies with pretzels

Once your reindeer bars are decorated, place them in an airtight container with a sealed lid. They will keep at room temperature for about 3-4 days. Be sure to keep them in a single layer in the container and do not stack them or the decorations can get messy. You don’t want a reindeer with one crooked eye!

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips that you may find helpful to make your reindeer cookie bars perfect. 

Christmas reindeer cookies

  • Add more chocolate frosting if you want a really rich treat. The more frosting, the better!
  • Be sure to add the decorations right after frosting the cookies. They will stick better to the wet frosting.
  • Cut the pretzel twists in half with a serrated knife, sawing back and forth slowly to cut them perfectly. This works well to make even, precise antlers. Of course, you can always just break the pretzels freely to make realistic, random antlers! 
  • Use two small 6 inch cake pans to make smaller cookie bars. Divide the dough between the two pans and bake for only 15 minutes. Cut the small cookie circles into 8 and decorate them the same as the larger reindeer. This gives you more, bite sized reindeer cookies that are perfect for buffets and dessert bars. 

So are you ready to make Christmas reindeer cookies? I definitely am! I love these reindeer cookie bars and how simple they are to make during such a crazy busy season. I think you are going to enjoy making and eating them, too! Let me know what you think!


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Christmas Reindeer Cookie Bars

  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cookie bars 1x


Easy, quick and fun to make, these Reindeer Cookie Bars are the perfect treats this holiday season! With only a few ingredients and ready in about 30 minutes, it’s one of our family’s favorite Christmas dessert recipes and I’m sure it will become one of yours too! 


  • 1 (16.5 ounce) package of chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 8 ounces chocolate frosting (½ a 16 ounce tub)
  • 8 mini pretzel twists, cut in half vertically
  • 16 candy eyes
  • 8 red or brown M&Ms


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Line the bottom of a round 9” cake pan with parchment paper. Break the cookie dough up into chunks and press into an even layer in the cake pan. 
  3. Bake the cookie for 20-25 minutes or until the top is starting to turn golden. Once the cookie is removed from the oven, run an offset spatula or butter knife (do not use a serrated knife) around the edge of the cake pan to stop the cookie sticking as it sets. Allow the cookie to cool for 15 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  4. Spread the frosting over the top of the cookie using an offset spatula or butter knife. While the frosting is still wet, cut the cooking to 8 slices like you would a pizza cleaning the knife after each cut.
  5. Add two pretzel halfs to the top (larger end) of each slice to create the reindeer antlers. Add a red or brown M&M at the bottom (narrow end) of each slice to create the nose. Finally add two eyes about ⅓ of the way down the slice. Allow the frosting to set before serving. 
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: reindeer cookies bars, Christmas dessert, Christmas cookies, chocolate chip cookie bars


Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 12/03/2023 / 1:37 pm

    These cookie bars are so cute. I’ll have to make some for my son. He would love them.

  2. 12/01/2023 / 2:56 am

    Such an amazing holiday recipe! I can hardly wait to make it and share with our guests at our holiday open house!

  3. Zab Zaria
    11/30/2023 / 2:10 pm

    This is such a cute idea, I love it. I will definitely saved this recipe!

  4. 11/30/2023 / 12:26 pm

    Wow! This looks good and cute! I would love to give this out as a gift to family and friends. Thank you of sharing the recipe. Happy to know that it’s easy and quick to prepare.

  5. Jennifer Prince
    11/30/2023 / 7:24 am

    This is so clever! I love how easy it is to turn the triangles into reindeer. Adorable!

  6. vidya
    11/30/2023 / 6:53 am

    So cute and so easy to make too.. I am going to try this the next time we plan to make any cookies.

  7. 11/30/2023 / 2:37 am

    These Christmas themed reindeer cookies look so pretty! I can’t wait to make them this festive season 😍.

  8. LisaLisa
    11/29/2023 / 10:54 pm

    YESSSS, these cookies look so delicious, and my kids would really enjoy making these reindeer cookies. I like how simple they are, and they would be perfect for the kid’s holiday party we have every year.

  9. Marie Gizelle
    11/29/2023 / 10:08 pm

    Those are cute! Looks yummy too! 😀 Also seem easy to make….

  10. 11/29/2023 / 7:39 pm

    These are so cute! I’m going to try making them for my nephews.

  11. Melissa Cushing
    11/29/2023 / 5:58 pm

    These look incredible and not too difficult to make and you look like a super star to boot! Love it and already pinned this recipe to make for my family!

  12. 11/29/2023 / 4:41 pm

    Believe me when I say, my neices will love baking it. The recipe is so good!

  13. 11/29/2023 / 10:11 am

    These Christmas reindeer cookie bars look fun and easy to make! Thank you for the share, I think it’ll definitely be something I attempt if I find myself at any Christmas parties this upcoming month!

  14. 11/29/2023 / 6:38 am

    What a cute idea! We love cookie cakes and this is such a creative idea for the holidays.

  15. Kathy
    11/29/2023 / 5:37 am

    These look great. I may just make these soon. I need to do some desserts for a Christmas party soon, so these would be perfect.

  16. Stephanie
    11/29/2023 / 4:13 am

    These are adorable. I’m sure the kids will enjoy making these with me.

  17. Amber Myers
    11/29/2023 / 4:07 am

    Oh my gosh, these are so cute. And they look delicious, so I will have to make these.

  18. 12/02/2022 / 7:29 pm

    Oh wow, this looks super fun and super sweet. My sweet tooth will surely be satisfied with this totally fun dessert – perfect to bring to any Christmas party too!

  19. 12/02/2022 / 12:44 am

    Nnniiiccceeeee….this is just the cookie recipe taking me straight into Christmas! I think I can make myself a serving of them, this month!

  20. 12/01/2022 / 1:15 pm

    How fun and easy this cookie is for Christmas. Perfect for cookie lovers.

  21. 12/01/2022 / 11:07 am

    This is really cute and easy to do it. It would be a fun recipe to make with my family. Something to do this holiday. Thank you for sharing!

  22. 12/01/2022 / 6:09 am

    Those look so delicious, I’d love to bake these for a holiday get-together. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Monica Simpson
    12/01/2022 / 2:49 am

    My kids love cookie cakes which this reminds me of. I’ll have to make this for them!

  24. Melissa Cushing
    12/01/2022 / 2:17 am

    These are so fun and not to hard to make! I pinned this one as my kids will go wild over it! Very cool and love the simplicity!

  25. April
    12/01/2022 / 1:12 am

    These are so cute! My son will love them! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  26. Samantha
    11/30/2022 / 11:36 pm

    These cookie bars look so adorable and easy to make! Perfect for Christmas dinners and baking with the kids!

  27. 11/30/2022 / 11:20 pm

    These would be a hit at my house. They are so cute too!

  28. 11/30/2022 / 10:25 pm

    This is so cute and perfect for the holiday season. I bet my kids would love this.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. It looks easy to make. Can’t wait to prepare this for Christmas.

  29. Msjane90
    11/30/2022 / 9:46 pm

    These looks so cute and yummy! The kids will love these for sure!

  30. 11/30/2022 / 9:41 pm

    These are simply adorable and so easy to make. I am definitely going to make these with my nephew and niece this holiday. Such a good idea and no expensive cookie cutters needed.

  31. Joline
    11/30/2022 / 7:36 pm

    So fun! I’d love to make these for my nephews and nieces.

  32. Melanie E
    11/30/2022 / 7:07 pm

    These are super cute and look delicious. I will enjoy making them with my children. The love baking with me.

  33. 11/30/2022 / 6:54 pm

    I love how easy this is to make! My boys would love these during the holidays.

  34. 11/30/2022 / 6:13 pm

    These are so cute and seem so easy to make. A fun idea to do with the kids! Will be sharing to my fb and maybe my teen will want to make some.

  35. 11/30/2022 / 5:06 pm

    So cute and no doubt centre place at any Christmas party! Unfortunately I’m not much of a baker, but I’ll pass this onto my nan who loves all things baking!

  36. Stephanie
    11/30/2022 / 4:01 pm

    These are crazy cute and so delicious! Perfect for my holiday dessert tables.

  37. Richelle Milar
    11/30/2022 / 3:11 pm

    Wow! This is so cute and it looks absolutely delicious and tasty! My kids would love this for sure!

  38. Jennifer L Prince
    11/30/2022 / 11:00 am

    I love how these are decorated! They look really cute, but they also look very easy to do. Maybe I’ll try this with brownies this year!

  39. Kathy
    11/30/2022 / 5:17 am

    These look amazing. I’ll have to make them with my daughters. We love making Christmas goodies together.

  40. Tara Pittman
    11/30/2022 / 4:12 am

    These cookies are very cute. I love how easy they are to make.

  41. 11/30/2022 / 2:36 am

    I LOVE cookie pizzas, and the festive frosting on this one is so perfect. I can’t wait to try it.

  42. Amber Myers
    11/30/2022 / 1:24 am

    Oh my gosh, how cute! I almost wouldn’t want to eat him. But I would, because yum 😉

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