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Cocoa Cats

Makes: 60 servings
Prep 40 mins Chill 1 hr Bake 375°F 7 mins to 9 mins
Cocoa Cats
  • 1/3  cup  shortening
  • 1/3  cup  butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/3  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1  egg
  • 2  tablespoons  milk
  • 1/2  teaspoon  finely shredded orange peel
  • 2  teaspoons  orange juice
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1 3/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  recipe  Orange Icing

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 sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Beat until combined. Add egg, milk, orange peel, and juice, and vanilla. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat or stir in flour. Divide in half. Cover; chill for 1 to 2 hours or until 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 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 sixty 2- to 3-inch cookies.

Orange Icing
  • 1  cup  sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 2 - 3  teaspoons  orange juice
  •  orange food coloring

1. In a small mixing bowl stir together powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough orange juice to make of piping consistency. Stir in enough orange food coloring (or a combination of red and yellow) to color the icing orange. Place icing in a small, sealed plastic bag with a small hole snipped in one corner or in a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip.

Nutrition Facts (Cocoa Cats)
  • Servings Per Recipe 60,
  • cal. (kcal) 64,
  • Fat, total (g) 3,
  • chol. (mg) 8,
  • sat. fat (g) 1,
  • carb. (g) 9,
  • fiber (g) 0,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • vit. A (RE) 10,
  • vit. C (mg) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 22,
  • calcium (mg) 10,
  • iron (mg) 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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