How to Make a Reindeer Head Cookie Set

Written by Mike Tamplin • Dec 05, 2022

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How to Make a Reindeer Head Cookie Set
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Stackable designs have always been pretty popular this time of year. (You can see our most popular stackable Christmas designs here and here.)

Continuing with that trend, I've always wanted to create a cookie design for a stackable Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. Coming up with the concept, I debated whether it should a full-body design with legs and all, but eventually went with a simplified version of just his bust.

I'm loving the final result. He's such a handsome reindeer that I'm sure everyone will love as a gift this holiday season!

Reindeer Head Cookie Cutter Set

Recently added to the shop is this new Reindeer head cookie cutter set design. This stackable reindeer head cookie cutter set includes 3 cookie cutters, each a different part of a bust of a reindeer.

However, the mini version of this design is only two pieces.

This cookie cutter set is available in LARGE, REGULAR, and MINI sizes. For this tutorial, I'll be decorating the LARGE size. However, the all sizes are also showcased at the end of this post.

reindeer head cookie cutter set

Template for the Reindeer Head Cookie Set

To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of all the designs of this year's Christmas cookie collection, including this reindeer cookie set design.

Click the link below for the downloadable template PDF file.

This file is rather large in data size. Just a warning, it might take a moment before the file opens in your browser.

If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.

The Decorating Process

For these Reindeer Cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:

Step 1

For the top antler cookie, begin by flooding the antler background section with a thin layer of white icing and fill in the inner ear section with tan icing. Let this icing dry for about an hour.

Then add the far right antler with dark brown icing and fill in top of the ear section with brown icing, as shown.

reindeer head step 1

Step 2

Next, add the second antler and add an outline to the top of the ear, as shown.

reindeer head cookie step 2

Step 3

For the head cookie, begin by fill in the eye with tan icing. Let that set, then flood around it when brown icing, as shown.

reindeer head cookie step 3

Step 4

Once the base layer of icing had time ti dry, add a red nose.

Then outline the smile line and around the head. Add a black eye to finish this cookie.

reindeer head cookie step 5

Step 5

For the bottom cookie, start by filling in the tan chest section, then fill in the adjoining brown neck section.

reindeer head cookie step 5

Step 6

Next, flood the remaining lower section with red icing. Let this icing dry for about an hour.

reindeer head cookie step 6

Step 7

Finally, add the top and bottom green accent bands and the yellow dot details, as shown.

reindeer head cookie step 7

Reindeer Head Cookie Set Video Tutorial

The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.

Here's the completed stackable reindeer cookie set fully decorated.

This is the large sized set and it fits nicely in this BRP long cookie box (12″ x 5″ x 1.5″).

reindeer head cookie set | Semi Sweet Designs

For a size comparison, here's both the Regular and Mini sets as well.

The Regular cookie set will fit in this BRP cookie box (9.5" x 6" x 1.5").

reindeer cookie head set | Semi Sweet Designs

The Mini cookie set will fit in 3" x 11" cellophane bag sleeves. (Just a reminder, the mini set is 2 pieces, instead of the 3 pieces shown above.)

Mini reindeer cookie set | Semi Sweet Designs

If you're wondering what cookie recipe I used for this batch, it's this citrus spice gingerbread cookie recipe. I thought the brown dough color would complement the reindeer design fittingly. Also, baking this dough left the house smelling like Christmas!

We also have many other cookie cutter options that you can use to make all of your holidays just as special.

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