Cocoa Cats

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.

Cocoa Cats
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
40 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • cup shortening

  • cup butter or margarine, softened

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoon milk

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • 2 teaspoon orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Orange Icing

Orange Icing

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 teaspoon orange juice

  • orange food coloring


  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. 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 (per serving)

64 Calories
3g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.