Monday, December 12, 2011

Beary Cute Cookies

Jennifer S.

3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Additional sugar
30 miniature milk chocolate kisses or LARGE chocolate chips
60 miniature M&M baking bits

In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla; mix well.

Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well (dough will be crumbly).

Set aside about 1/2 cup of dough for ears. Shape remaining dough into 1-in. balls; roll in additional sugar. Place 3 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to about 1/2-in. thickness.

Roll reserved dough into 1/2-in. balls; roll in sugar. Place two smaller balls about 1 in. apart touching each flattened ball (do not flatten smaller balls).

Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven; immediately press one kiss and two baking bits into each cookie for nose and eyes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

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