Beary Cute Cookies
3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
30 miniature milk chocolate kisses
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
Bake at 375 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. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
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