Dec 23 11
by cara
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Reindeer Bites Cookies

A few days ago, The Littlest Apple and I sat down to look through all the cookie recipes I’ve pinned to select some to make for Santa.  He was very interested in these cookies, but decided we should make them for Santa’s reindeer since they are called REINDEER Bites Cookies.  I thought the reindeer were getting carrots and reindeer food (of the oatmeal and glitter variety) at our house like they did last year, but The Littlest Apple had other plans.  And once he has an idea in his head, good luck convincing him otherwise (he gets that from me).  So, Reindeer Bites Cookies for Santa’s reindeer.  Oh, and he was also insistent that we needed to bake different cookies for Santa.  So I’ll have another cookie recipe coming soon…

As for the Reindeer Bites Cookies…what’s not to love?  These cookies are simple to make, and even though they look rather plain, there are so many wonderful add-ins: the coconut-shredded AND coconut extract, graham cracker crumbs AND pieces, caramel bits and chocolate chunks.  The batter of these cookies reminded me very much of the Samoas/Caramel deLite Girl Scout Cookies.  So yes, I indulged in cookie dough batter.  Again.  And suffered for it.  Again. You would think I would have learned my lesson by now….but I just couldn’t resist this delicious cookie dough!  I’m guessing Santa’s reindeer are going to enjoy these too.

Here’s the recipe, in case you want an extra special treat for the reindeer when they visit your house…

Reindeer Bites Cookies

recipe from Six Sisters Stuff

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. butter flavored shortening (Picky Apple Note: I substituted real butter for this!)
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 c. caramel bites
  • 1 c. coconut
  • 1 c. chocolate chunks
  • 1/4 c. graham cracker chunks
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Beat shortening, butter, and sugars until fluffy. Beat in baking soda, salt, coconut extract and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. Slowly add flour and graham cracker crumbs. Stir in caramel bites, coconut, choc chunks, and graham pieces. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto a cookie sheet. Bake 10-13 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a few minutes after removing from oven. The caramel on the bottom needs time to set up before you can remove them. Store in an airtight container.
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