Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sugar Cookies

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer had a very shiny nose.” These Rudolph Sugar Cookies are simple, and classy, not to mention how delicious they are! Everybody will love them!

We’ve gotten so many requests to make a Rudolph themed dessert for our series, so here it is! We can’t believe Christmas is only 3 days away! And this is the perfect thing to make because they are super cute, and who doesn’t love a good sugar cookie!?

This is the same cookie dough we used in our Roly-Poly Santa Cookies. We love this dough, because it’s pretty straightforward and comes out great every time!

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For the eyes, and the antlers we made a simple royal icing, dyed black. And of course for the nose, we used a red m&m! And to make some regular reindeer, we used brown m&ms for some variety!

Other Recipes from our Christmas Song Series!

White Christmas Cupcakes: Elegant, sweet, and SO fluffy!

Roly-Poly Santa Claus Sugar Cookies: Your Christmas baking isn’t complete without these!

Christmas Tree Meringues: Light as air, and sure to be a showstopper!

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sugar Cookes

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“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer had a very shiny nose.”


-1 cup butter, softened

-1/2 cup white sugar

-1 tsp. vanilla extract

-1 large egg

-2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

-1/2 tsp. salt

-black royal icing (for decorating)

-mini red and brown m&ms (for the nose)


1. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together 1 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup white sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Beat with a hand mixer for about 4 minutes.


2. Crack in 1 large egg and continue beating. Now add in 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Beat that until it forms a soft dough.


3. Divide the dough into two disks, and cover in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours.


4. Roll the dough out to a 1/4 inch thick. With a round 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out your sugar cookies.


5. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees, for 7-8 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes before decorating.


6. To decorate, pipe on two small eyes with black royal icing, and antlers. Then pipe on a tiny dot below the eyes and place on a mini red m&m. Let harden, and enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 150