Cocoa-Cinnamon Bat Cookies
Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Jan Gautro
Cookies get a new theme thanks to a bat-shaped cookie cutter and a little work with royal icing. If you make your bats all white, use mini chocolate chips to make the eyes.
Yield: Makes about 2 dozen (8-inch) cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 medium egg
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Royal Icing or prepared frosting
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg, beating until blended.
- 2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended. Shape dough into a disk. Cover and chill 10 minutes.
- 3. Place dough on a lightly floured surface, and roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with an 8-inch bat-shaped cookie cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets.
- 4. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely. Pipe Royal Icing or prepared frosting onto cookies to outline; pipe two dots for eyes.
- Note: To completely ice bat cookies, first pipe icing or frosting to outline. Add water to remaining icing, 1 teaspoon at a time, until mixture is the consistency of white glue. Pipe into center of cookies to fill in body. Let stand, uncovered, until completely dry.
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