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Bake Reindeer Cookies with Your Child with Special Needs

The school break for the holidays is coming up fast! It can be a hectic time of year, so it’s important to find some quiet time in the middle of all the activities during the season. Especially for your child with special needs. Baking together is a fun, peaceful way to spend an afternoon or evening, maybe listening to your child’s favorite songs and enjoying a moment of much-needed downtime.

These reindeer cookies are a delicious way to get your child involved because they have several steps that are easy for kids to do, like adding the eyes, nose and antlers. And apart from being really adorable, your child will enjoy making and eating them.

So how can kids help with this fun reindeer cookie? Having the ingredients on hand is vital to completing the recipe, so ask them to help assemble all the necessary supplies. Then you’ll know pretty quickly if you need to make a run to the store.

Next, have them help with the measuring, cracking eggs, stirring, and spooning out the dough onto the cookie sheet. Then they can help to decorate each cookie before it all goes into the oven.


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 bag small pretzels (the heart shaped ones)
  • 1 bag M&Ms or gumdrops


  1. Cream together the butter, peanut butter and both sugars
  2. Beat in the eggs, salt and vanilla
  3. Stir in the baking soda and flour, mixing well
  4. Roll into balls. Flatten the balls and shape into triangles. Place on cookie sheets, 2 inches apart
  5. Place pretzels into the 2 top triangle corners for antlers Place a red candy at the bottom corner for the nose and two green ones on the cookie for eyes
  6. Bake at 375*F for about 10 to 15 minutes

Remove from the oven, let cool, and enjoy!

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