TYLER, Texas (EAST TEXAS WEEKEND) - Santa wouldn’t make it far each Christmas without the help from his favorite pets. So this year, we decided to celebrate Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph. We searched the internet for the most popular Reindeer Recipes and put them together in one place.
We’re kicking it off with this Reindeer Food Snack Mix from Big Bear’s Wife. She says the “Reindeer Food Snack Mix is a festive trail mix with sweet and salty treats mixed together with homemade Reindeer Food bites!”
Eggnog is a winter seasonal classic drink, and Eat Move Make stepped it up a notch with their Reindeer Eggnog recipe. If you follow the link, you can find the full recipe for the boozy eggnog, and an alcohol free version.
These reindeer-inspired cookies are from Taste of Home, and they “the essence of the holidays because there’s a trace of eggnog flavor in these adorable reindeer hoof prints. You can add red and green frosting to make them even more Christmasy or use brown sprinkles for a more natural reindeer look.”
Cream butter, shortening, cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt and nutmeg; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. egg-shaped cookie cutter. Cut a notch from the top of each egg to resemble a hoof. Place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
For filling, beat cream cheese, butter, extracts and nutmeg until blended. Beat in confectioners’ sugar alternately with enough eggnog to reach spreading consistency. Spread filling on bottoms of half of the cookies; cover with remaining cookies. Roll sides in sprinkles.
Aren’t these cupcakes the most adorable holiday cupcakes ever?! We included this recipe because the creator, Skip to my Lou, says they’re the simplest treat to make ever. All you need is cupcakes, frosting, pretzels, icing eyes, a vanilla wafer and m&ms!
We chose this recipe for multiple reasons. First, because they’re adorable. Second, because this is a great thing to make with all of the leftover candy canes you’ll have. This recipe is from Finding Zest.
Kendyl Turner writes, shoots and edits all stories for The East Texas Weekend. A Texan at heart, Kendyl was born and raised in Houston before venturing away to study Journalism and Spanish at The University of Mississippi. A few years later, Kendyl and her husband moved to East Texas where they’ve decided to make it home.