Pretzel Reindeer

I think I (finally) hit my stride.  I unpacked most of my Christmas bins last night and have been stringing, fluffing, decorating, glueing and glittering ever since.   I had to take a few hours off to work, but am back at it tonight.  I’m pretty sure I will be done by the end of the year…..

In the meantime, I wanted to share a perfectly lovely little recipe with you.

These little pretzel reindeer take no time at all to make and they just look so darned cute. I found the recipe in “Taste of Home Cookies and More”.  I guess these are “more”.

Little people will love sticking the antlers, eyes and nose on Rudolph (and a few noses in their mouth) and can easily make an entire herd.

You don’t need a lot of ingredients, but be sure to use the fun-pack size of Almond Joy.

You can see that the big Almond Joy will not work very well.  Unless you want a two nosed reindeer.

Pretzel Reindeer


  • 12 Miniature Pretzels
  • 12 Fun-size Almond Joy candy bars
  • 12 Miniature marshmallows
  • 12 Red M & M's mini baking bits
  • 12 Light brown cocoa Candy Melts (I use Wilton)
  • Black decorating gel
Prep Time: 15 Minutes


  • Melt the candy melts according to directions. You can put the melted candy in a zip lock bag with a hole snipped in it, use a decorating bag or just spread the chocolate with a knife.
  • Break the pretzel in half to form a pair of antlers.
  • Apply the melted candy on the top of the back of the Almond Joy.
  • In the original instructions, you are told to insert the pretzel right into the candy bar. This works, but it breaks up the candy bar a bit and doesn't look as tidy. I use Candy Melts. They are the glue gun of the candy world.
  • Press the Almond Joy on to the antlers.
  • Apply a dot of melted candy on to the nose of the Almond Joy and two dots of melted candy where you will place the eyes.
  • Put one of the red mini-M & Ms on to the nose of the Reindeer.
  • Cut one of the mini-marshmallows in half, and then re-shape each half into a circle with your fingers.
  • Dot each eye with the decorating gel.
  • Once the chocolate has set, put your herd in an airtight container.
  • I have to make a confession. I am not very good at breaking the pretzels. This is the pile that was left when I was done.


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(2) Comments and (2) Replies

  1. Amy | December 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Reply

    so cute! but you’re right…Julia would nix the almond and the coconut.

    • jill | December 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Reply

      Well, the pretzels are good….

  2. miranda souder | December 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Reply

    this is one of the things that my teacher loved she also loved the
    duct tape flowers we made. she has a three year old daughter and she
    loves the site.

    • jill | December 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Reply

      I am so glad. I am a big fan of teachers. They work so hard and love kids. That’s a special calling. Tell your teacher I think she’s great (and think she’s so lucky to have you in class)

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