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Reindeer noses!! The perfect cookie to make with the kids and leave out for santa! Candy cane gingerbread cookies ohsweetbasil.com

I love the holiday baking madness that begins in November. I may not love the stress, but I do love seeing the shelves loaded with gobs of goodies, spices and baking materials. I think it’s so fun. Unfortunately that never helps me with cutesy ideas. I can think up pies, cookies, and even brownies, but I never really have cute ideas. Until I made these for a Hershey’s party my friends and I are doing. I made these yummy cookies and Cade and I had the girls stand at the counter and place the kisses on each cookie when our littlest said, “Are these reindeer noses?” YES! Something cute even if it was an accident! These candy cane gingerbread cookies are just like cute little noses!

Reindeer noses!! The perfect cookie to make with the kids and leave out for santa! Candy cane gingerbread cookies ohsweetbasil.com

I may not have thought up the cute idea, and even if it was a total accident she was right, they do look like they could be festive reindeer noses. I actually made these cookies a few weeks ago, but I didn’t like how crisp they turned out. So, I decided to turn the baking time down by two minutes and they were still chewy, but not as gooey soft as I like.However, I don’t know that you can ever really find a ginger snap (hello, the name itself implies crisp) that is like that.


Can you believe all of these yummy treats that we’ve made with our favorite Hersheys treats? Don’t they look amazing?!! Don’t worry, I’ve linked up to each and every one! WOOHOO!! Just scroll down and you’ll find the links right before the recipe! And we are all going to be hosting a twitter party!

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Reindeer noses!! The perfect cookie to make with the kids and leave out for santa! Candy cane gingerbread cookies ohsweetbasil.com

I did however discover that using all shortening (gasp) really does make the softest ginger snap. But since I like the butter flavor I like to leave it at half and half. You can do as you please.

And like I said above, my friends and I decided to play around with all of the fun Hershey’s flavors and recipes around this time of year and we decided to put ourselves all in the same place so you could easily get to each of our recipes. Just look at all of the deliciousness!!

How Long Will Cookies Keep In A Freezer?

Most cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months.

How Long Will Cookies Keep?

Cookies will keep for 2-3 weeks at room temperature.

Crisp cookies should be kept in a loosely covered container.

Soft cookies should be kept in a container with a tight fitting lid.

How Long Will Gingerbread Cookies Keep?

Gingerbread cookies will usually last 4-6 weeks.

They can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Reindeer Noses-Candy Cane Gingerbread Cookies

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Reindeer Noses-Candy Cane Gingerbread Cookies

4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 50 cookies
These candy cane gingerbread cookies are just like cute little noses!


  • 4 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 3 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Shortening
  • 1/2 Cup Butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Molasses
  • 2 Large Eggs slightly whisked
  • Turbinado or coarse sugar for rolling the dough in about 1 cup.
  • 1 1/2 Bags Candy Cane Kisses


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare two to four baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer combine the butter and shortening until smooth.
  • Add the sugar and brown sugar and cream for 90 seconds.
  • With the mixer still running, add the molasses and mix for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Add the eggs and mix again until the mixture is thoroughly mixed together.
  • While the mixer is running, slowly add the flour mixture a cup at a time and mix until everything is well incorporated.
  • Cover the bowl tightly with saran wrap and let rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Roll the dough into balls and roll in the sugar.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from the oven and quickly top with a candy cane kiss.
  • Allow to cool a moment before removing the cookies to a cooling rack.
  • Enjoy!


If you can't find turbinado or coarse sugar just use granulated sugar.
Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Reindeer Noses-Candy Cane Gingerbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 87mg4%
Potassium 73mg2%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 66IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Wonderful recipe. Cookies are perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. And the candy cane kisses make for a nice treat. These are on our annual Christmas baking list!

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    • Thank you so much Naomi! This makes my day!!

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  • Sweet website, super layout, very clean and utilise genial. gadfddaccddd

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  • I tried this recipe (only adjusted to what is available in France) and it was delicious ! Thx for sharing 🙂

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  • Love your blog! Amazing photography and delicious recipes!

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    • Thanks Trudy!!

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  • Sun a fun cookie!! I could and would happily eat them all!! 🙂

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  • Love these cookies, such a pretty treat!

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  • What pretty Hershey desserts!

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  • I love these! And I know my kids would go crazy over them with the reindeer noses!

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  • Now I’m craving chocolate. They all look fantastic.

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  • Super cute – I need to make some of these with my kiddo to leave for Santa. 😉

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  • These are so cute! Love that they are “reindeer”noses. Oh I love Herheys, thanks for the info on the Twitter party!

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  • What a super cute name…she did good!!!! And I like my ginger cookies soft too, not crunchy like the store ones.

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  • SO dang cute (almost as cute as you and your girls).

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  • I would feel bad eating these ’cause they are just so darn adorable. Just kidding, I could totally stuff my face with 16 guilt-free. But, they are super cute and the perfect flavor combo for the season!

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    • lol! I love it.

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  • I love that your daughter helped name these! So cute!

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  • These are too cute! And I need a dozen in my life ASAP 🙂

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