Most people are not aware that Santa actually has 12 reindeer.  If you listen carefully to the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” you’ll hear them all named.  As the song goes, “there’s Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen.”  That’s 8.  Then there’s ol’ Rudolph — that makes 9.   Next is Olive, who is the bitchiest of the reindeer — “Olive the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names.”  That makes 10.  Howe is number 11 — “Then Howe the reindeer loved him.”  Finally, there’s Andy — “Andy shouted out with glee.”  🙂

I found loads of cute and easy ideas for making reindeer cookies and other holiday treats.  I haven’t included the many beautiful iced ones I saw, because those require a fair amount of skill and patience, and well, ’nuff said.  Perhaps one of these might inspire you to get all reindeer crafty this season.

These reindeer cookies made using an upside down gingerbread man cookie cutter are so clever:

A sweet and simple sugar cookie reindeer (and other cute ideas) from Sarah’s Sweets & Treats: cookies2Chubby little peanut butter reindeer cookies, from the now defunct Ladies Home Journal (RIP print media): cookies3 And another idea for peanut butter reindeer from Bakergirl: cookies5 Nutter Butter reindeer from Edesia’s Notebook: cookies4Take those Nutter Butter reindeer to the next level with a dip in chocolate, from Candiquik: cookies7 How about these clever chocolate-covered biscuit reindeer with Teddy Graham antlers, from Smart Party Planning: cookies12 These gingerbread and sugar cookie pieced reindeer cookies from The Bearfoot Baker are a little more work, but worth the effort, don’t you think? cookies11

Meringue reindeer from I Heart Kitchen are almost too cute to eat (I said almost):


Oreos can be used to create adorable reindeer cookie pops, like these from Easybaked:


But reindeer imagination isn’t limited to cookies.  For example, you could make chocolate-dipped marshmallow reindeer pops, like these from Just a Taste:

Or reindeer Rice Krispie treats:

Savory little reindeer cheese snacks will get a few grins:

Cute Food for Kids

And finally, the piece de resistance, the reindeer bacon cheeseball (posted, unfortunately, without attribution on Pinterest):

Seeing these reindeer goodies definitely made me smile, and I’m sure the family would love to find any of these at our Christmas gathering.

I’ll leave you with one more Christmas joke — this one will “sleigh” you.  🙂

Q:  What does Christmas have in common with your job?

A:  You do all the work and the fat guy in the suit gets all the credit.