Monday, December 20, 2010

rudolph the red-nosed reincookies

not only super easy and festive, these are also the cutest little cookies you'll ever see.

but first:  my apologies.  the dreaded coral bowl is back with a vengeance.
start with some butter, peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar
cream until light and smooth, about 2 min on medium speed.

add egg and vanilla, beat well (forgot to photograph that step!)
 add flour, baking soda, and salt

mix until combined well.  it will be a sort of crumbly dough

roll into 1-inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.  bake for 8-10 min

in the meantime, get your red m&m's, mini chocolate chips, and pretzel pieces ready

as soon as the cookies come out, stick the pretzels in the tops for antlers

red m&ms in the center for noses ("m" side down, of course)

and mini chocolate chips for eyes.  i find it easiest to put them in pointed
 side down so they stick in the dough better, but that's up to you

and there you have it, rudolph the red-nosed reincookie.
wasn't that easy?

rudolph the red-nosed reincookie.

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
~30 red m&ms
~60 mini chocolate chips
~60 thin pretzels, broken into 1-inch pieces

preheat oven to 375
grease 2 cookie sheets (i use floured baking spray)
in large mixing bowl, beat butter, peanut butter, and sugars on medium speed until light, about 2 min
add vanilla and egg, beat well.
mix in flour, baking soda, and salt until a crumbly dough forms
roll into 1-inch balls and place on greased cookie sheets, about 1 inch apart
bake 1 sheet at a time for 8-10 min.  cookies should be set and bottoms golden
immediately place 2 pretzels on top for antlers, 1 m&m in center for nose, and 2 chocolate chips for eyes.

giggle and enjoy.