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In my post yesterday about the Easy Dairy-Free Cookie Pop Snowmen, I expressed my genuine concerns about providing adequate and good snacks at my son’s holiday party. But, after making those and then these Easy Dairy-Free Reindeer Cookie Pops, I just think that there’s not many other choices for me. Oh, I might stumble across another recipe or two, but these kind of have my heart. They’re so cute, so sweet. Adorable. And they were easy to make. So, I mean, I might have a winner here.
Did you even know that the peanut butter cookies like Nutter Butter are generally dairy-free???!! I didn’t realize that. I guess they’re like OREOs, in that they have a potential for cross-contamination, but if you’re just going for a generalized dairy-free-ness, these are quite the cool choice. Now, I think it’s worth pointing out that I DID use M&M’s, which are not dairy-free. However, we’ve never had a reaction to M&M’s, so we used them anyway. But, you could easily replace that with some red icing. Just make your own with a tablespoon of coconut milk, 2 cups of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of corn syrup, oh, and a few drops of red food coloring. So, yeah, that’s my allergy-schpiel for the day…heh.
The ONLY thing I didn’t really like about these cookies is that you have to eat the pretzels first, then the cookie. They’re too big, really, to get a bite of all that goodness in one mouthful. I’m not sure how to get around that, but the kids probably won’t mind. It’s not a terrible dilemma, after all. LOL!
Easy Dairy-Free Reindeer Cookie Pops
- 12 peanut butter cookies, peanut shaped like Nutter Butters
- 24 candy eyeballs
- 12 candy-coated chocolates, like M&M's OR just some red icing...but we've never had a dairy-reaction to M&M's....so...
- 12 pretzels, twists, not rounds or tiny twists--just twists
- 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- 12 cake pop sticks OR popsicle sticks, I ran out of cake pop sticks, so I used popsicle sticks--heh
- Open the cookies and lay them out on a baking sheet or plate, keeping all parts handy and leaving room for pop sticks.
- Break the pretzels in half and set aside.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments.
- Dip the end of a cake pop stick into the chocolate, then place it on a cookie at least ½-inch into the cookie.
- Immediately dip the end of a piece of pretzel into the chocolate, then place it on a cookie, on the opposite end from the stick and on either the left or right side of the cookie. Repeat this step for a second piece of pretzel.
- Close cookie.
- Repeat for all the cookies.
- Place in the freezer and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Remove cookies from the freezer and dip each one in the chocolate.
- Place the cookies back in the freezer for 10 more minutes.
- Put the remaining chocolate into a piping bag with your smallest decorating tip.
- Remove the cookies from the freezer and, using a piping bag and your smallest decorating tip, place a drop of chocolate on the back of a candy eyeball and place strategically on the cookie. Repeat once more.
- Place a drop of chocolate on the back of a candy-coated chocolate and place strategically on the cookie as a nose.
- Place the cookies back in the freezer for another 10 minutes.
- Serve them to your little elves! (heh)