How To Make Decorated Reindeer Sugar Cookies

Learn how to make some fun hat wearing reindeer decorated sugar cookies with this royal icing cookie decorating tutorial!!

Brightly colored Christmas chocolate decorated sugar cookies -- reindeer, elves, holly

I'm like a Super Sleeper. If sleeping was an Olympic sport... well... I'm not saying that I'd win the gold or anything, but I would DEFINITELY be watching it. Or, probably not watching it because I'd be sleeping through it. I can fall asleep in seconds. Anywhere. Anytime.

Have you ever woken yourself up from sleeping because you were talking too loud?

I woke myself up this morning with a single question -

Do you NEED the chicken?

I didn't. For a moment, I was absolutely certain of it. But as my brain raised itself from the fog that is sleeping, I started to wonder if maybe I DID need that chicken.

What if it was the chicken that laid the golden eggs?!

Or what if it was the last chicken on the planet?

Maybe there was actually some kind of chicken conspiracy and they were all plotting to stop laying eggs for the foreseeable future until we recognized the undeniable fact that there are simply more chickens than people in this world...and maybe I WOULD need that chicken on my side!!

The outright urgency of the decision and my own inability to actually commit to a final answer pretty much forced me into a breakfast consisting solidly of chocolate cookies and...well, more chocolate cookies if I'm being completely honest. I also considered adding a side of frozen chocolate cookie dough, but came to my senses just in time to realize that -- chickens smell bad.

So do reindeer.

But reindeer cookies are delicious. AND they smell good.

Step by step reindeer sugar cookie decorating tutorial

How to make cute reindeer decorated sugar cookies: 

Step 1. 

Use a medium consistency brown icing to outline and fill the face portion of the reindeer. Let dry for 15 minutes.

Step 2.
Pipe the ears with the same brown icing and a #2 tip. Grab some tan icing and a #1.5 tip to pipe the inside of the ears. Pipe the antlers with the same tan icing. They don't have to go all the way down to the head because we are going to cover them with the hat. Let dry for an hour.

Step 3.

With red icing, pipe the top half of a circle on the reindeer's head to make a hat. (At this point... I actually kind of wish I would have gone for a trucker hat look instead of a wool hat....but maybe next time. 😂😂)

Pipe a large oval shape for the nose with the same red icing. Immediately pipe a much smaller oval of white icing to create a reflection spot. Let dry for 30 minutes.

Step 4. 

Pipe another layer of hat with some light green icing. Let it dry for 30 minutes.

Step 5. 

Add yet ANOTHER layer of hat with a darker green icing...or red again. It's your cookie. Your call.

Use white icing to pipe a brim on the hat.

Step 6. 

Draw the face details with a black food color marker. (Or pipe with black icing.) I added eyes, eyebrows, and a mouth with a black food color marker. I used a pink marker to blush up the cheeks, and a damp paintbrush to smooth out the edges of the pink.

Add a tiny dot of white icing to each eye.

Add squiggle detail lines to each antler with the tan icing and a #1.5 tip.

Pipe vertical lines across the hat brim to create a ribbing effect.

See it all come together in this reindeer cookie decorating video tutorial.


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