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How To Make Holiday Reindeer Nose Candies

Updated on September 6, 2014

Reindeer Noses

One of the greatest byproducts of the holidays are the amazing recipes and treats that come out of the woodwork from everyone you know - family, friends, colleagues, neighbors. This recipe for Reindeer Noses is an unbelievably easy recipe that will be sure to please your guests with very little effort on your part. They are quick and easy enough that you can make them a few hours before heading out to a party and have a great hosting gift to present. They are also small enough that you can indulge without feeling like you've consumed 1,000 calories. Enjoy!All photos © gardenharbor

Ingredients and Tools

You won't need too many ingredients and tools for this recipe and everything can be found at your local grocery store.

  • 1 bag of bite-size square pretzels
  • 1 bag of hershey kisses
  • 1 bag of Christmas colored M&Ms

How to Make Holiday Reindeer Nose Candies - Perfect for serving to guests or using in a holiday gift basket.

After you've made these Reindeer Noses once, I guarantee they will be a regular holiday staple in your house. Not only are they addictive little treats, but they are also extremely simple and quick to make.

Time required: 15 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Cost: $10


  • 1 Bag of Small Square Pretzel Snaps1 Bag of Hershey Kisses1 Bag of Red and Green Plain M&Ms


  • Baking SheetOven


1. Preheat oven to 265 degrees.

2. On a baking sheet, place pretzels snaps flat so that none are overlapping.

3. Unwrap and place one hershey kiss in the center of each pretzel snap.

4. Place baking sheet in oven for 4 minutes.

5. Remove baking sheet from oven and immediately press one M&M into the top of each hershey kiss.

Tips and Tricks...

1. You know the hershey kisses are done baking in the oven when they begin to sweat...but make sure they don't brown! If the tips begin to brown, you've waited too long.2. Unwrapping the hershey kisses can be one of the most time consuming aspects of this recipe, so try to involve the family! It is a great job for kids or spouses to have.3. For a really authentic look, make sure the "M" of the M&Ms is facing down on the candies. Then they are a solid red or green.

If you're looking for a cost-effective way to present your Reindeer Noses as a gift, try putting a hand full in a ziplock bag then cut the top zipper part off. Then use a cute ribbon or string to tie the bag together. You can also fold a piece of cardboard or paper and tie to the bag as a little note card.

Have a little left in your budget for some really cute holiday containers?

These containers and bags are a great way to turn your holiday treat into a thoughtful (and delicious!) gift.

24 HOLIDAY GOODIE CONTAINERS - There's no better holiday gift than a container of tasty treats!
24 HOLIDAY GOODIE CONTAINERS - There's no better holiday gift than a container of tasty treats!

These goodie containers are perfect for reindeer noses and are also reusable, which your gift recipient might love.


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    • eilval profile image

      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Cookies for me anytime - they look so yummy !

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      nikkikhosla 4 years ago

      These are my favorite! I agree that they disappear in no time!

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      A good friend of ours presented us with Reindeer Nose cookies/ pretzels this year, and I tell you, they were gone in no time :) I hear that they are so quick and easy to make that I will definitely give them a try next year.

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      Shay Marie 4 years ago from Southern California

      I made the version of these that uses Rolos and pecans (instead of Hershey Kisses and M&Ms) this year, and my biggest hit. Such an easy recipe. Thanks for sharing yours!

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      sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

      Bring on the cookies!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Sweeeeeeeet idea!

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      tammywilliams09 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Very creative adding the M&M's, at first I did not know what those colours candies were until I read your lens.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Favorite holiday candy - eggnog salt water taffy.

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      Phoebs78 4 years ago

      Such a cute idea, and so simple!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Great recipe! I wanna try this :)

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      PennyHowe 4 years ago

      I love this idea. My favorite are shortbread cookies. I make them in different colors and in Christmas shapes. They are so yummy. Thanks once again for sharing this fantastic and easy idea. Wishing you the best.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      Yum, gotta try some of these noses, simple and delicious. Congrats on your purple star and LotD!

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      TTDart 4 years ago

      Oh my god these are all so tasty looking O xO I need to try to convince my mother to make these with me...

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      PadmashriSriram 4 years ago

      Wow! Awesome. I should try this out. Thanks for sharing

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      aredey 4 years ago

      i love candy.all sweet thing

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      I love fudge.

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      Jordan 4 years ago

      I make Peanut Butter Fudge but not just on Holidays :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Any of them. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I think I can do this!

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Fudge! But these look adorable. May have to give them a try. It looks like a production line with all the pretzels lined up! Congrats on LotD too.

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      JanieceTobey 4 years ago

      I bet your reindeer noses are super yummy, in addition to being cute!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These !!!!!

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      Mellithorpe 4 years ago

      Great idea. I think I could handle making these. I don't really like cooking or baking. They look so yummy.

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      glowchick 4 years ago

      Wow! This looks really easy and can even get the young ones involved, thanks for sharing :)

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Great idea when the grandkids come for a visit!

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      The Satan Records 4 years ago from The Satan Records

      Looks delicious I have to try that (+ I am a fan of hershey kisses)

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on a 'sweet' LOTD! My favorite candy or sweets is made with Almond Paste, like the German Marzipan...but I'll eat anything that's sweet!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I like this idea. It's also simple for a family cooking activity. Giving a tweet.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I like anything made of dark chocolate! These look like fun and are sure to be a hit with the kids! Well done on the LOTD.

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      TerriCarr 4 years ago

      Neat that these are so easy to make!

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      These are darling - what a clever idea! Congratulations on your LOTD.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congrats on your LOTD! These reindeer nose candies are so cute!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada


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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @RoadMonkey: I'm with you... anything chocolate!

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I knew I should have gone down the pretzels row at the store yesterday. Next trip, I won't skip it. These are so cute! Love the presentation, too. Congratulations on a very well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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      chrisilouwho 4 years ago

      these are adorable! congrats!

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      These certainly do look delicious, so I will just have to try making them!

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      These look so easy to make and yummy, too! Congratulations on LotD! Merry Christmas!

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your well deserved lens of the day. Make it a great day!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      This holiday reindeer nose treat would be great fun to make with the grandchildren!

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I'm not good in the kitchen. But I think i can do this. Looks so yummy! thank you for sharing. And congrats on LoTD!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      easy yet so nice

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Amazing idea, congratulations on LOTD and Thanks for the recipe

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      harryvu 4 years ago

      This is a great idea. I like this

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Really Great candies recipes thanks For Sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have read your post, I received from here many information about sweet dish. This is very useful and fantested lens. I thank you to share me very informative information.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love making homemade caramels. These are adorable!

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      Tricia Deed 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I liked the simple recipe. Good idea.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      These look great, I can understand being addicted to them, I bet they wouldn't last very long with children around.Christmas greetings.