• Makes 20
  • 1 hours
  • Difficulty Medium
  • 8 Ingredients


A fun way to turn 'gingerbread men' into reindeer!

Ingredients (makes 20 biscuits)

  • 185g butter softened
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups good quality plain flour
  • 1 cup milk chocolate, melted (to decorate)
  • 20 red and green M&M's (to decorate)
  • blue icing (to decorate)


  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan-forced. Line 3 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy, then add the egg. Beat until combined.
  3. Sift flour over butter mixture, and using a wooden spoon, stir to combine.
  4. Roll biscuit dough out between 2 sheets of baking paper until 4mm thick. Use a 'gingerbread man' shaped cookie cutter to cut out dough.
  5. Place on prepared trays, 4cm apart. Re-roll remaining dough and repeat until all used.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until light golden. For even colouring, swap trays halfway through cooking time.
  7. When completely cooled, melt the chocolate and put into a piping bag fitted with a thin nozzle.
  8. Turn cookies upside down, so the legs of the person are facing up, and pipe antlers onto each leg. Then pipe in the ears, mouth and eye brows.
  9. Using a small dab of chocolate, glue a M&M onto each one for a nose.
  10. Finally, using the white chocolate pipe two small dots for eyes and add a dot of blue colouring for the centre of the eye.
  11. Allow chocolate to set before transferring to a plate to serve


These will keep for a week in an air tight container.

  • What a great idea. You can make double the batch and decorate half into reindeer and the other half into gingerbread men without needing a new recipe. Love it

    • Yes you really could! Hope when you made them they were enjoyed by everyone


  • Such a cool idea. Love it. Will totally make them this year.


  • My daughter would absolutely love these, thank you.


  • What a nice idea to use the gingerbread man shapes for these reindeer cookies.


  • Love these reindeer cookies, Thankyou


  • I made these cookies on Christmas and was so yummy.


  • So cute, my boys will love these!


  • Hooray! I love the way you have used a gingerbread man cookie cutter to create these reindeers. These reindeers look very cute and there is a lot of love for decorating Christmas treats in this household. Thanks. :)


  • Such a clever recipe that I know my kids will love


  • Very clever .. and yummy ! nice one !


  • oh the good old gingerbread man reindeer biscuit ..thanks for sharing they look and sound delightful.


  • Really love the upside down gingerbread men, very creative and clever idea to turn them into reindeers.


  • Yes Yes Yes this is just what I was looking for. Something a little different from the usual gingerbread men. Thank you so much.


  • What ac clever take on a gingerbread man biscuit


  • A wonderfully creative idea and perfect for Christmas.


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