Oreo reindeer are a cute and easy-to-make DIY gift, perfect for creating with your kids this holiday season! This no-bake treat features chocolate-dipped Oreos embellished with pretzel antlers and a red nose.
Chocolate-dipped anything is always a hit with my family! Dipping and decorating Oreos is a fun activity and a perfect way to spend some quality family time together this Christmas.
The extra bonus is with this DIY project, you get to eat the results! Make these adorable chocolate reindeer for a gift or for your holiday cookie tray.
For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below
Oreos – Any kind or flavor of these classic cookies will work in this recipe.
Chocolate – Use semisweet or dark chocolate chips. The chocolate wafers meant for candy making will also work fine.
Pretzels – Mini pretzel twists are the best size for reindeer antlers.
Candy eyes – You can find these at many grocery stores or order them online.
Red M&Ms – I picked the red candy out of a bag of Christmas M&Ms to give this reindeer a red nose just like Rudolph. You can also use red Sixlets or red hot candies if you want to make your reindeer spicy.
🥣How to Make Oreo Reindeer
1. Melt the Chocolate
Before starting, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to hold the cookies. Then put the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave it on low for 30 seconds. Then stir and continue to microwave in 15-second intervals and stir with a spatula until completely melted.
2. Dip and Decorate the Cookies
Use a fork to dip an Oreo in the chocolate, covering both sides. Tap the fork gently against the side of the bowl, so the excess chocolate drips off. Place the cookie on the prepared baking sheet to harden.
Immediately after dipping each cookie add two candy eyes and a red nose. Then dip the bottom of two pretzels in the melted chocolate and place them on each side of the eyes to make antlers.
Once the cookies are decorated, they need to sit undisturbed on the baking sheet until they harden. Once all the cookies are dipped, you can put the baking sheet in the fridge for 30 minutes or let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
These cookies are adorable and delicious! They look great on a Christmas cookie tray. You can make them into Reindeer Cookie Pops by adding a lollipop stick between the two halves of the cookies before dipping them.
💭How to Store
Reindeer Oreos are somewhat fragile because the pretzel antlers break easily. So keep them separated by layers of parchment paper in an airtight container.
They will keep for 1 day at room temperature or in the fridge for 1 week. The cookies and the pretzels will soften the longer they are saved, so they are best eaten soon after making.
⭐Tips for Making the Cutest Oreo Reindeer
Be sure to check out the step by step instructions
- You can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate instead of the microwave.
- It is a good idea to have extra pretzels on hand because they break.
- Use tweezers to place the eyes, or make sure your hands are dry, so they don’t smear.
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Oreo Reindeer Recipe
- 30 Oreo cookies
- 10 ounces chocolate chips or chocolate wafers
- 60 mini twist pretzels
- 60 candy eyeballs
- 30 red M&Ms
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on low for 30 seconds. Take it out and stir. Continue to microwave in 15-second intervals until it is fully melted and smooth.10 ounces chocolate chips
- Use a fork to dip each Oreo in the melted chocolate and coat both sides. Take it out with the fork, lightly tapping the fork on the edge of bowl to remove excess coating. Put the coated cookie on the parchment-covered baking sheet.30 Oreo cookies
- Immediately press two candy eyes into the center of the cookie and one red M&M into the bottom.60 candy eyeballs, 30 red M&Ms
- Dip the bottoms of two mini pretzels in the chocolate and place one pretzel piece on each side of the cookie to form antlers.60 mini twist pretzels
- Do not disturb the cookies after the pretzels are put in place. Allow the coating to fully harden before moving the cookies to keep the antlers from falling off.
- After all the cookies are decorated, let them sit at room temperature for one hour or in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden.
- These cookies keep for 1 day at room temperature or up to 1 week in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Nutrition facts are estimates.