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Reindeer Cake Mix Cookies 

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Reindeer cake mix cookies are a festive treat that the whole family will love as it transforms an ordinary box of cake mix into an extraordinary reindeer cookie. You will love the rich chocolate flavor with pieces of chocolate chips in every single bite of the cookie that is then topped with even more chocolate and salty pretzels. These cake mix cookies are soft and chewy and have a rich chocolate taste that you and your family will love. 

Reindeer Cake Mix Cookies 

I love festive Christmas treats that are both tasty and festive! These reindeer cake mix cookies are just that! They are so easy to make, fun for the kids to help with, and look great on any dessert table. With about 30 minutes of time, you will have a whole batch of reindeer cake mix cookies that are ready to enjoy. Pair these with our reindeer cookie bars, our chocolate Christmas Tree Pretzels, and our Christmas Tree brownies for even more Christmas treats to share. 

Reindeer Cake Mix Cookies 

INGREDIENTS

  • 15 ounce box chocolate cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate Fudge)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 10 ounce package of milk chocolate melting wafers
  • 24 pieces mixed red and brown M&M’s
  • 48 pieces of candy eyeballs
  • 48 pieces of mini pretzels
  • 24 Nilla Wafer Cookies

How to Make Reindeer Cake Mix Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉ and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats and set aside for later.
  • In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater attachment, add the chocolate cake mix, melted butter, and eggs and beat on low until mixed. Then fold in the semisweet chocolate chips at half speed. You can alternatively mix everything with a rubber spatula if you do not have a mixer.
  • Use a small cookie scoop or a spoon to drop 1 ½ tablespoon sized balls onto the baking sheets. Space them a few inches apart to leave room for the cookies to spread.
  • Bake at 350℉ for 10-12 minutes, until the tops are set and it reaches desired doneness.
  • Allow the cookies to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Melt the chocolate melting wafers in the microwave and then add about half a tablespoon of melted chocolate and carefully cover the tops of each cookie. Work in batches so that the chocolate does not dry before decorating.
  • Add the pretzels, nilla wafers, and eyeballs to create a reindeer. Then dab a little chocolate on top of the nilla wafer to place a red or brown M&M on for the nose. Let the chocolate set for 10 minutes before serving.
Reindeer Cake Mix Cookies

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • Feel free to use any flavor of cake mix that you prefer. 
  • If you use a bigger box of cake mix than the recipe calls for, you will need to adjust the amount of butter that you use. 
  • You can swap out the butter for vegetable oil. 
  • If you cannot find cute candy eyes, you can swap them out for chocolate chips. 
  • You can use whole pretzels or half pretzels for the antlers. 
  • Want extra gooey cookies? Add in an additional ¼-½ cup of chocolate chips to the batter?
  • Feel free to customize your reindeer cookie decorating to your preference. It is fun to involve your kids in the decorating of these. 
Reindeer Cake Mix Cookies

Storage

You will want to store your leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature. 

Can I make reindeer cookies with other cookies?

Yes! You can easily make reindeer cookies with your favorite cookie. Just bake them, let them cool and then decorate them as noted above. 

Reindeer Cake Mix Cookies

Reindeer Cake Mix Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Reindeer cake mix cookies are a festive treat that the whole family will love as it transforms an ordinary box of cake mix into a unique reindeer cookie. You will love the rich chocolate flavor with pieces of chocolate chips in every single bite of the cookie that is then topped with even more chocolate and salty pretzels. These chocolate cake mix cookies are soft and chewy and have a rich chocolate taste that you and your family will love.

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce box chocolate cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate Fudge)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 10 ounce package Ghirardelli milk chocolate melting wafers
  • 24 pieces mixed red and brown M&M’s
  • 48 pieces candy eyeballs
  • 48 pieces mini pretzels
  • 24 Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉ and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats and set aside for later.
  2. In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater attachment, add the chocolate cake mix, melted butter, and eggs and beat on low until mixed. Then fold in the semisweet chocolate chips at half speed. You can alternatively mix everything with a rubber spatula if you do not have a mixer.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop or a spoon to drop 1 ½ tablespoon sized balls onto the baking sheets. Space them a few inches apart to leave room for the cookies to spread.
  4. Bake at 350℉ for 10-12 minutes, until the tops are set and it reaches desired doneness.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. Melt the chocolate melting wafers in the microwave and then add about half a tablespoon of melted chocolate and carefully cover the tops of each cookie. Work in batches so that the chocolate does not dry before decorating.
  7. Add the pretzels, nilla wafers, and eyeballs to create a reindeer. Then dab a little chocolate on top of the nilla wafer to place a red or brown M&M on for the nose. Let the chocolate set for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 874mgCarbohydrates: 84gFiber: 4gSugar: 25gProtein: 8g

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