Makes about 40
YOU WILL NEED
125g soft butter ¾ cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 cup cake flour ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda Pinch salt 100g pretzels 40 red Smarties or Astros Black and white royal icing or edible gel pens
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in egg. Sift over the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Mix until just combined. If necessary, refrigerate to firm up the dough before shaping.
Preheat oven to 180°C. Shape balls from 30ml of the dough, place apart on baking paperlined trays and flatten each ball. Bake for 5 minutes.
Use pretzels whole or cut in half and press two into each cookie to form the antlers. Bake for a further 5 to 7 minutes, or until the edges look firm. Press a Smartie or Astro into each cookie to form the nose. Cool on the trays. Pipe eyes with the icing or pens. Set aside to harden.