December 5, 2023

Peanut Butter Celery Reindeer

Finished Peanut Butter Celery Reindeer.

Peanut butter and celery sticks are turned into a fun reindeer themed snack for the holidays. They are perfect for kids and people of all ages.

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If you are looking for a fun Christmas time snack or party recipe, these peanut butter celery reindeer are something fun to try. Take your usual celery sticks filled with peanut butter and add some broken mini pretzel antlers, eyeball candies, and red raspberry noses.

I have been making these Rudolph reindeer for a few years now for my kids. I first saw them on Instagram a few years ago, and now my kids are able to help put them together. 

These reindeer have red noses like Rudolph. You can use blackberries or black raspberries as well for a darker nose to look like other reindeer, or a combination.

Cutting board with peanut butter filled celery sticks and pretzels.

How to Make Peanut Butter Celery Reindeer

To make these reindeer, you start with four washed, dried, and trimmed celery ribs. You want them dried to help the peanut butter stay in place. Cut each celery rib cross-wise into two celery sticks, for a total of eight celery sticks.

Chose celery ribs that are relatively wide as you want to have space on the ends to place in the pretzels. If they are very narrow, you won't be able to get the pretzels to stay. 

Use a small spoon or butter knife and spread peanut butter into each celery stick. Your peanut butter will likely be warm at this point, so it's a good idea to place them in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes or so to firm up a bit.

Next, take eight mini pretzels and break them in half lengthwise. You can try to gently break off some other pieces to make the "antlers" look how you like (and you will likely go through more than 8 pretzels as some will not break how you want them).

Once the peanut butter is firmed back up, place the broken antlers on the top part of each filled celery stick. Chose the widest end of each celery stick to have room for both pretzel pieces.

Putting the pretzel antlers on the reindeer.

Next, add two small candy eyeballs slightly below the antlers. Lastly, add a red raspberry below the eyes to be the red nose (flat side down). You'll want to serve these immediately, or refrigerate them until serving so the peanut butter doesn't get too warm.

Assembled peanut butter celery reindeer.

My kids helped me make these ones, so some of them are a bit messy, but that's part of the fun! Don't worry about things being perfect, kids will enjoy them just the same.

If you don't want to use peanut butter, you can substitute almond butter, sun butter, or whatever other one you enjoy in your celery. I find that "natural" peanut butter gets runnier, making these a bit more difficult to put together. 

This recipe will make eight peanut butter celery reindeer. You can easily make as many as you need by increasing the ingredients. 

Close up of a peanut butter celery reindeer.

Add these reindeer to your holiday celebrations this year. They are relatively simple to put together and a change from all the cookies and candies we get at the holidays. 

They are great for an after school snack, a holiday party, or anytime you want something festive and fun.

Yield: 8 reindeer
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Peanut Butter Celery Reindeer

Peanut Butter Celery Reindeer

Peanut butter and celery sticks are turned into a fun reindeer snack for the holidays. They are perfect for kids and people of all ages.


  • 4 celery ribs, washed, dried, trimmed, and cut in half crosswise
  • about 3 tablespoons peanut butter (or your favorite alternative)
  • 8 mini pretzels
  • 16 candy eyeballs
  • 8 raspberries


  1. Place the celery on a flat surface like a large cutting board or large platter. Fill with peanut butter using a small spoon or butter knife.
  2. At this point, if your peanut butter is warm and getting a bit runny, place the celery in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Break the pretzels in half lengthwise, trying to make them look like antlers. Place in to peanut butter at the widest end of each celery stick.
  4. Add two candy eyeballs below the antlers. Then add one raspberry for a nose below the eyes.
  5. Serve immediately, or chill for another 10-15 minutes to firm up the peanut butter again.


Be sure to chose the widest celery ribs you have to ensure there is room for the pretzels.

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Peanut Butter Celery Reindeer on a cutting board.

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