Tea with the Animals: Reindeer Cookies

Use your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe or save time with a premade mix. There are no difficult to shape parts or hard to find ingredients here.

1 package (17 1/2 oz) peanut butter cookie mix*
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
60 miniature pretzel twists for antlers
60 semisweet chocolate chips for eyes
30 red hot candies or red M&Ms for noses

*You can leave out the cookie mix, egg, and oil, and use your own peanut butter cookie dough recipe.

In mixing bowl, combine cookie mix, oil and egg. Beat until well blended. Shape peanut butter cookie dough into a 7 1/2-inch roll; wrap in plastic wrap.

Refrigerate for about 1 hour, until chilled and firm. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Using thumb and forefinger, make a slight indention about 1/3 of the way down the sides of each slice. Press in pretzels for antlers, chocolate chips for eyes and a red hot for the nose.

Bake at 350 degrees for 9 to 12 minutes, or until light brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Makes about 30 cookies.