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Beary Cute Cookies

 Beary Cute Cookies
These cheery cookie cubs, served at my teddy bear picnic, will delight "kids" of all ages! I like to make fun foods but don't care to spend a whole lot of time fussing. So the idea of using candy for the bears' features was right up my alley. -Susan Schuller, Brainerd, Minnesota
30 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Additional sugar
  • 30 miniature milk chocolate kisses
  • 60 M&M's miniature baking bits
  • Colored decorating icing, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and
  • sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another
  • bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed
  • mixture (dough will be crumbly).
  • Set aside about 1/2 cup 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
  • smaller balls).
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Remove

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Beary Cute Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • from oven; immediately press one kiss and two baking bits into each
  • cookie for nose and eyes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire
  • racks to cool completely. If desired, pipe with colored icing.
  • Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.