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The Purr-fect Treat

Servings: Makes 60 (2 -3-inch) cookies
These treats are the cat's meow.

A polka-dotted witch's cat -- imagine that! Create a gang of zany halloween cats for the bewitching hour. Decorate these chocolate and orange-flavored cutouts with bright orange icing. Decorate the cats pictured by piping the icing, or double the icing recipe and spread it on with a knife.

1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup shortening
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
2 teaspoons orange juice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
Orange Icing* (see recipe below)

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening and butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed 30 seconds or until softened.

2. Add half of the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, egg, milk, orange peel, and juice, baking powder, and vanilla. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat or stir in remaining flour. Divide in half. Cover; chill for 1 to 2 hours or till easy to handle.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll each dough portion to a 1/8-inch thickness. With a cat-shaped cutter, cut into shapes. Place shapes 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake in a 375 degree F (190 C) oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are light brown. Remove cookies; cool thoroughly on a wire rack. Decorate cats with Orange Icing.

Makes about 60 (2- to 3-inch) cookies.

Orange Icing

2 cups sifted powdered sugar
3 tablespoons softened butter
1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
2 - 3 tablespoons orange juice

1. In a bowl stir together powdered sugar, butter, orange peel, and enough orange juice (2 to 3 tablespons) to make an icing of spreading consistency.

Makes about 2/3 cup (ten 1-tablespoon servings).

Nutritional Information
Nutritional facts per serving (1 cookie)
calories: 112, total fat: 4g, saturated fat: 2g, cholesterol: 10mg, sodium: 37mg, carbohydrate: 20g, fiber: 0g, protein: 0g, vitamin A: 0%, vitamin C: 0%, calcium: 0%, iron: 0%

Source: Better Homes and Gardens Magazine
Date: October 15, 2003