Black Cat Cut-out Cookies

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Fun for goblins of all ages to make!

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Garnishes: black sanding sugar, small candies
  • Chocolate Frosting:
  • 2 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 3 T. butter, melted
  • 3 T. milk
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 t. lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 T. baking cocoa

Preparation

  1. Blend together butter and sugar; stir in egg and vanilla. Add flour; mix until well blended. Shape into ball; cover and chill 4 hours to overnight. Roll out dough 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured surface; cut out with cat-shaped cookie cutters.
  2. Arrange cookies on lightly greased baking sheets; bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden. Frost cookies with Chocolate Frosting when cool; if desired, sprinkle with black sanding sugar and add candy "eyes." Makes about 2 dozen.
  3. Chocolate frosting:
  4. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth.
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