Black Cats & Bats

Gooseberry Patch
Black Cats & Bats Recipe
Oxmoor House
Don't let these black cats and bats scare you... they are as sweet as can be.
Makes about 3 dozen


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2/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 teaspoons milk
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Garnish: black sanding sugar, green gel icing


In a large bowl, blend shortening and sugar; add eggs, vanilla and milk. In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Add flour mixture to shortening mixture; stir until well blended. Divide dough into 3 or 4 balls; wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour. Roll out dough 1/4-inch thick on a floured surface. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer to ungreased baking sheats. Bake at 400 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes. Cool before frosting. Tint Powdered Sugar Frosting black; spread on cookies. Sprinkle with black sanding sugar while still wet. Add eyes with gren gel icing.

Created date

August 2012