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Friday, October 22, 2010

Jack-O-Lantern Cookies

It's no big secret around our house that we love Halloween. Ghosts, goblins and little witches–I mean what's not to love, right? 

The kids and I pulled our the big box marked "Halloween Stuff" almost the second the calender allowed. This year we decorated with tombstones, ghosts and goblins ... SCAREY : ) Well, we tried anyway.

I think my favorite part of all is seeing what the kids decide to dress up as. I'll be sure to post pics. They've come up with some pretty clever costumes! 

But Halloween isn't Halloween until you've baked pumpkin seeds and cookies. Here's a great cookie recipe I thought I'd share. Have a happy Halloween, everyone!

Jack-O-Lantern Cookies
2 1/2
cups packed brown sugar
1
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2
cup shortening
2
eggs
4
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
4
teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2
teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
Assorted candies, nuts and miniature semisweet chocolate chips, if desired
Frosting
6
cups powdered sugar
2/3
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3
cup frozen (thawed) orange juice concentrate
Green, yellow and red food colors

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, 1 cup butter, the shortening and eggs until well blended. Stir in flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt.
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll 1/4 of dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. (Keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to roll.) Cut with 3-inch pumpkin-shaped or round cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. In large bowl, mix powdered sugar and 2/3 cup butter until smooth. Stir in juice concentrate. Place 1/3 cup frosting in small bowl; add green food color until desired color for stems. To remaining frosting, add 2 drops yellow food color for every 1 drop red food color for desired shade of orange. Generously frost cookies with orange frosting. Frost stems with green frosting. Make jack-o'-lantern faces with candies.
Makes About 4 dozen cookies


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