Baking with my grandmother was always one of my favorite memories. She made the best fudge, hands down! As my children get older, I’ve been sharing these special recipes with them in hopes that my grandmother’s memory continues for future generations. A super easy (and adorable) holiday treat that we love is our Christmas reindeer snack crackers. The ingredients are simple, but can also be substituted with other foods. Our treat could be great for a holiday party or as a tasty holiday gift.

Christmas reindeer snacks for kids.

Recommended Grade Level:

Reindeer Cracker Snack

  • Ritz crackers (or butter/round crackers if you don’t want to use the brand name)
  • Pretzel twists
  • Small candy eyes
  • Chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter
  • Red candies (I used fruity tic tacs for this, but you could use M&Ms) 
  • Plastic knife and small container (sauce containers work great for this activity) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09YGRM35C/

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A Kid-Friendly Christmas Treat

CHILDREN CAN GET CREATIVE WHILE MAKING THE EASY REINDEER CRACKER SNACK

This kid friendly treat doesn’t need a stove or a microwave to make. The ingredients are easy to find and perfect for little fingers to complete in less than 10 minutes total time.

In addition to creating a holiday snack, you can pose additional questions to young learners:

Questions You Can Ask Kids While Making Reindeer Snack Crackers

  • What other ingredients could we use to make the reindeer snack crackers?
  • Could we use any of these ingredients to make a yummy snack mix?
  • How could we make reindeer chow for Santa’s favorite friends?
  • What kitchen tools do we need? A large bowl? A baking sheet?
Adding pretzels for antlers and red candy for a nose.

The Ultimate Christmas Snack for Kids

REINDEER SNACK CRACKERS OR COOKIES

It’s safe to say that most kids love cereal, crackers, cookies, and pretzels (oh yes, and candy)! When they create a mixture of their favorite treats, it can be only be called the ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SNACK. That is exactly what this reindeer snack is!

You can use vocabulary and ask open-ended questions when helping your kiddo create those unique memories. A few examples of vocabulary include:

  • Melting
  • Protein
  • Parchment paper
  • Tablespoons
Finished reindeer snack cracker treats.

Ingredients & Supplies for Reindeer Snack Crackers

  • Ritz crackers (or butter/round crackers if you don’t want to use the brand name)

  • Pretzel twists
  • Small candy eyes
  • Chocolate chips
  • Creamy peanut butter (or a substitution for nut allergies)
  • Red candies (I used fruity tic tacs for this, but you could use M&Ms)
  • Plastic knives and small containers (sauce containers work great for this activity)
  • Paper plates, parchment paper, and/or baking sheet

     

How To Make The Easy Cracker Reindeer Snack

Step One:

Prepare the above ingredients (or substitutions)

Ingredients for the reindeer cracker snacks. ritz crackers, pretzels, peanut butter, chocolate chips, candy eyes

Step Two:

Spread the peanut butter (or alternative) on the crackers.

Spreading creamy peanut butter on the crackers.

Step Three:

Add two candy eyes to each cracker. Add the chocolate chip (or red candy) for a nose.

Adding eyes and chocolate chips to the reindeer snacks.

Step Four:

Then, add two pretzel twists at the top for the antler. Repeat this step to complete the desired amount of reindeer.

Finished reindeer snack cracker treats.

Reindeer Snack Cracker Variations To Try

Candy Mix

Try different variations of candy to represent reindeer faces. Christmas m&m, white chocolate chips, and mini peanut butter cups. Yum!

Cookie Creations

Use vanilla wafers, Oreos, gingersnaps, or chocolate chip cookies to make the reindeer head.

Antlers Galore

Instead of using pretzels twists, try pretzel sticks for straight reindeer antlers. Mini candy canes, candy corn, or Bugles can be used as well.

Reindeer Snack Cracker Recipe Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I make this in advance? While making the reindeer snack before serving would be best (and freshest), the snack could be made a day or two in advance. Store in a clear container, away from heat.
  • Is this treat healthy? Substituting candy with dried fruits or nuts can increase the nutritional value of the snack and lower calories, cholesterol, and sodium. Plus, fruit and nuts can be a great source of fiber.
  • What if my child has a nut allergy? No problem! There are so many other options that can be used instead of a nut butter. Try icing, cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, jelly… the possibilities go on and on.

Preparing a Christmas theme for Your Preschoolers?

Our Christmas Math & Literacy Pack is the perfect way to prepare your math & literacy centers during the Christmas season. With 35+ differentiated preschool activities, you can have your centers prepared quickly rather than needing to piece together activities.

Get the Christmas Math & Literacy Pack Here– Save Over 60% Now

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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