Black Cats & Bats

Don't let these black cats and bats scare you... they are as sweet as can be.

Yield: Makes about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. 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.
Note:

Roll and cut out the shapes of these cookies, bake them days before you are ready to start decorating. Simply freeze them until you have time to do the decorating.

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