Reindeer Head Cookies-for Christmas

Have you seen all of the deer decor out there in shopping land? I am so in love with all the rustic woodland things on the shelves! First flannel (How to airbrush plaid Cookies) and now deer. Why does the fun have to stop in the stores? I think we should make Reindeer Head Cookies. What do you think?
How to Make Reindeer Head Cookies-Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing | The Bearfoot BakerWhat I like most about these are they will work for so many different occasions or themes. You can give them for a man’s birthday (think hunting), Christmas, Father’s Day or you can use them in a woodland set. Best of all,  you can give them to a country loving Nana like me!

Supplies for Reindeer Head Cookies:

Recipes:
Sugar Cookie Recipe, Chocolate Roll Out Cookies or Gingerbread Cookies
Royal Icing-Full batch of Antonia’s Royal Icing or Half a Batch of Royal Icing

Icing Colors in Decorating Bags with a Coupler Fitted with a #2 Decorating tip:
AmeriColor Chocolate Brown 15 Second Icing
AmeriColor Ivory 15 Second Icing

Tools: 
Reindeer Head Cookie Cutter
Duff Airbrush System or this Duff Airbrush System
AmeriMist Warm Brown Color

Optional:
Antler Cookie CutterHow to Make Easy Reindeer Head Cookies for Christmas-Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Mix up a batch of your favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe, Chocolate or Gingerbread Cookie Recipe.
  • Cut out some reindeer head shapes and bake them according to the recipe directions.
  • Once they are baked, let them cool completely.

How to Make Reindeer Head Cookies for Santa-Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Outline the reindeer head cookies with the brown icing.
  • Pipe it with a wavy line so it will look like bark from a tree.

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  • Once the outline is made, go back over it and make it thinker.

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  • When you start making the line around the antlers thicker, they might fill in and that is alright. I personally tried to make some of them thinner but both ways look good so don’t stress over it.

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  • Next airbrush the inside and outside of the brown outline. You can airbrush when the icing is wet or you can wait and let it dry for a few minutes.
  • When you are airbrushing the reindeer head cookies, try to spray the edges only, but if you spray the entire outline it will be fine. If you leave some of the edge uncovered by the airbrush, it will add depth to the cookie.
  • After your airbrush the outline, let it dry for a few hours before moving to the next step.

How to Make Reindeer Head Cookies that Will Make Santa Happy-Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Flood the inside of the reindeer head cookies with the ivory colored icing.
  • Use a toothpick, Cookie Scraper Boo-Boo Stick, turkey lacer or scribe tool to pop the air bubbles and to help move the icing to the smaller edges of the cookies.

How to Make Reindeer Head Cookies-Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing | The Bearfoot Baker

  • While the ivory colored icing is wet, make a spiral that starts in the center of the reindeer head cookie and work your way out.
  • Continue until you get to the ears and antlers.
  • Start a new swirl and take it as far as you can and stop.

How to Make Easy Reindeer Head Cookies-Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing | The Bearfoot Baker

I made a video to show you what I mean. Sometimes it is easier to show you with a video instead of trying to explain it. The point I want to make is to make a swirl for each ear and one for the face.

How did you like the icing that wet icing moving like the blob? I think it is funny. Just remember if you choose to airbrush when the icing is wet, do it immediately after you pipe it. If you wait until the icing forms a crust, the air from the airbrush gun can cause the icing to crack.How to Make Simple Reindeer Head Cookies-Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing | The Bearfoot Baker

  • You can airbrush the ivory color while the icing is wet or you can wait and let it dry for about an hour.
  • If you watched the video, you can see the icing blow a little as the air from the airbrush blows it. I think it looks like a blob.
  • Airbrush the edge of the reindeer head cookie and then lightly airbrush the swirls.

How to Make Santa Some Reindeer Head Cookies-Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing | The Bearfoot BakerYou know what would be really fun? Add a big red gum ball nose to make Rudolph for Christmas. Since I didn’t do it, if you make him will you send me a picture or tag me in your photo?

How to Make Reindeer Head Cookies-Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing | The Bearfoot BakerI hate to run but I need to go shopping and buy some reindeer and plaid so I can come home and eat one of my reindeer head cookies. I think I will eat the gingerbread one.

More Deer Cookies:
Reindeer Cookies for Christmas
Easy Christmas Royal Icing Transfers
Christmas Cookies for Santa

Bear hugs,

Lisa