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.
Coastal Living OCTOBER 2011
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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