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Cooking Up Language with Signs: Peanut Butter Reindeer / Rudolph Cookies

Learning Tips   |  Wednesday, December 5, 2018

By John Miller

This article is part of our “Cooking Up Language With Signs” series, which features a recipe and accompanying sign language word list to get you started on an interactive cooking activity that is great for spicing up language learning at home or in the classroom.

What’s cookin’?

Today I’m cooking up peanut butter reindeer / Rudolph cookies. They are a cute and fun treat that kids love. Here is a pre-built word list created to go along with the recipe.

These cookies are great to go along with the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer book or song. I’ve also created an article and word list for the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer book.

Reindeer cookies

I like to use a peanut butter cookie base for these cookies just because it gives you that nice brown color for your cookie, but I know some people have peanut butter allergies and some schools won’t allow you to have it in school. That doesn’t mean you can’t make these. If allergies are an issue, use a sugar cookie or something else and just frost the cookies with a brown frosting. If you are using peanut butter cookies, I know Sam’s Club has a great way to save time by using their big boxed sets that come with a couple bags of all the dry ingredients already mixed together for you, AND because they also have the Hershey kisses in them that you aren’t using for this recipe, it’s a bonus chocolate treat for you and the kids!

Shape your dough on the pan in more of a triangle shape, rather than a circle. This will give you a nice face of a reindeer.

Make dough into a triangle shape to form the face of the reindeer.

Bake the cookies as directed and then as soon as they are out of the oven, add the eyes (easily found at Walmart or other baking/craft store), a nice red nose for Rudolph (peanut butter M&M’s seem to be a good size) and antlers that are pretzels already dipped in white crème/cream, chocolate, or yogurt. (You can buy them this way or dip your own, or leave them just as pretzels if you want.)

Add candy to decorate cookies

These turn out so cute, it is hard to eat them. But not that hard. They are tasty!

And my little helpers thought of ways to make the whole reindeer team by changing out the nose color using different colored M&M’s.  Let them have their fun!


Enjoy making cookies of Rudolph and Santa's whole team of reindeer. Use the pre-built word list created to go along with the recipe to help you as you make this tasty recipe.

Peanut Butter Reindeer / Rudolph Cookies



  • cookie sheet / pan
  • spatula
  • (may need a bowl and spoon for mixing if using a box mix)


  1. Shape your peanut butter cookie dough on the pan in more of a triangle shape, rather than a circle. This will give you a nice face of a reindeer.
  2. Bake the cookies as directed.
  3. As soon as they are out of the oven, decorate your reindeer cookies. Add the candy eyes, M&M candy noses (use red for Rudolph!), and pretzels for antlers.

Word List for Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

View word list of ASL signs for Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

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