No Eek, No Squeek Cookie Cuties
Scary creatures fill the night, but kids will love them – to make and to eat.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup California raisins, chopped fine
- 48 perfect slices natural almonds (about 1/4 cup sliced)
- 3 ounce semisweet chocolate mini chips
- 4 black licorice laces (each about 30 inches long)
Measure flour and salt into small bowl, and whisk together; set aside. In another bowl with electric mixer, beat butter on medium-high until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar, gradually, beating until mixture is pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla and egg, separately. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture, one-third at a time, beating after each addition until well blended. Then, knead or stir in chopped raisins. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces, shape into flat disks, and wrap separately in plastic wrap. Chill for 2 hours.
Then, preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. To make 24 mice, for each one, shape 1 tablespoon dough into an oval ball and shape one to make nose and eye sockets. Gently press 1 mini chocolate chip into each eye socket and press 1 almond slice into dough on either side behind eyes for ears. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
Bake at 350°F until light golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and cool slightly. Divide each licorice lace into 6 pieces about 5 inches long. Then, with a skewer, make a hole about 1/2-inch deep into round end of each ball and insert piece of licorice lace for tails. Set aside to cool on rack. Store in airtight container.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories 190 (46% from fat); Total Fat 10g (sat 6g, mono 3g, poly 1g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 30mg; Protein 2g; Carbohydrate 23g; (Dietary Fiber <1g; Sugars 11g; ); Iron 1mg; Sodium 55mg; Calcium 11mg; Potassium 67mg
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