Annabel Karmel’s reindeer cookies

  • Makes 10

Make Rudolph, Dancer, Prancer and co in festive biscuit form

  • 350g plain flour
  • 2tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • ½tsp mixed spice
  • ¼tsp salt
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • 175g butter
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 4tbsp golden syrup

For the decoration…

  • Curly Wurly chocolate bars
  • Glacé cherries
  • M&M’s
  • Black writing icing pens


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160˚C fan). Measure the flour, spices, salt, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a bowl.

  • Step 2

    Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix. Lightly knead together to make a dough.

  • Step 3

    Form the dough into 10 balls. Pinch out one end of the balls to form a point, then  flatten with your hand. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden but still slightly soft.

  • Step 4

    Using a skewer, make a slit on either side of the cookie heads for the antlers to slot in then leave to cool for a few minutes. Decorate each cookie with lengths of Curly Wurly for the antlers and halved glacé cherries for the nose. Take two M&M’s of the same colour for the eyes and dot with black icing for the pupils.

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