Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Ok, here we are at the end of day 7 and man has this adventing been a blast so far. It’s totally exhausting as well, but the kids all love it and when I’ve got a situation going where my 5, 9 and 14 year old are all having a good time, it’s a serious win! So here we go with the 7 adventy activities we did today.

Today’s Lego and Calico Critter advent scores were really fun. We are only 7 days in, but it’s so neat to see the little people and cute little Lego things they are getting that they can add to their existing collections and build even cooler things! (1, 2 & 3)


Today’s Jesse Tree was Genesis 22:14, we did a little reading and they made the paper ornament. (4)

Our daily activity today was making homemade marshmallows and it was so fun and messy, I’m going to write a proper post about it tomorrow morning. (5)

Today’s cookie is in this post! Classic Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies! We make these every year and they are so fun. The kid’s do most of the work and are so proud when they are finished and since making them perfectly doesn’t require much skill, they are always so hyped about how great they look when they are done. (6)

Tonights new book was Christmas Tree and our 5 year old was able to read it all on her own. She loved it so much she kept it in bed with her as I read the rest of her bedtime stories tonight. So sweet!(7)

PB Reindeer Cookies

3/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
mini pretzels
mini chocolate chips
regular-sized red M&Ms


This recipe is seriously so easy, if your child likes playing around in the kitchen, they can probably do this on their own (with supervision, duh). Preheat to 375 and let the kids mix the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, milk and vanilla. Then add the egg and mix again. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry to the wet and voila! If you have two kids working on this recipe, it’s easiest to let one do the wet and one do the dry. They can do the faces together. 😉

Have the kids roll the dough into balls, about 1″-2″ around, depending on how large they want the reindeer heads, then flatten them out. Poke the mini pretzels into the reindeer heads and then add the mini chocolate chips for eyes and red M&Ms for their noses. I have seen recipes that add these in after baking, but we’ve always done them before we put them in the oven and they always turn out well. Bake them for about 10 minutes, longer if you like them more crunchy than chewy, and you’re done! So fun and so cute! Our kids like to share these with their neighbors and friends more than other treats they make because they are so adorable.

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