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chocolate orange Rudolph Cookies

Fun and Festive Chocolate Orange Rudolph Cookies

  • Author: Bernadette
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 38
  • Yield: 30 1x


These Fun and Festive Chocolate Orange Rudolph Cookies are super cute and super yum. I think these cookies will be Santa’s favourites.



Cookie Recipe

  • 100g butter
  • 1/4 cup cacao
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • zest of orange
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Buttercream Icing

  • 100g butter
  • 1 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup cacao
  • few drops vanilla
  • 1 tsp milk



  1. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl
  2. Add the cacao, orange zest and orange juice and mix again until well combined
  3. Add the egg and mix thoroughly before adding in the flour and baking powder and stirring together to make a dough
  4. Bring the dough together into a ball then turn out and wrap the dough in glad wrap and chill in the fridge for around 20 minutes
  5. When the dough has chilled roll the dough out and using a round cookie cutter, cut the cookies from the dough
  6. Bake the cookies in batches for around 8 minutes
  7. When baked through place the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.

Icing and decorating:

  1. Once the cookies have cooled make the icing.
  2. With an electric mixer beat together the butter, icing sugar, cacao, vanilla and milk. The buttercream should be firm but spreadable.
  3. Decorate each cookie by smearing with a portion of icing and topping with the pretzel antlers, candy eyes, chocolate chip mouth and raspberry nose.


  • Zesting the orange directly into the bowl will allow more of the flavour into your cookies.
  • You can store the undecorated, baked cookies in the freezer for 2-3 months and then defrost at room temperature before decorating.
  • These do not have a great shelf life after decorating so they are best eaten the day they are made.