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Black-Eyed Susan Cookies

 Black-Eyed Susan Cookies
Black-eyed Susans attract butterflies when planted in masses, and you'll draw a crowd when you make these "conversation" cookies. They may be a little more time-consuming than some cookies, but their sunny faces and gumdrop centers are worth it the extra time. —Grace Pack, Beaver, West Virginia
21 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 to 3 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • Additional confectioners' sugar
  • Black gumdrops

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in eggs and extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture. Divide dough in half so that one
  • portion is slightly larger than the other; shape each into a disk.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until easy to
  • handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll larger portion of dough to 1/8-in.
  • thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. round or scalloped cookie cutter
  • to make flower bottoms. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.

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Black-Eyed Susan Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Repeat with remaining dough using a floured 2-3/4-in. flower or
  • scalloped cookie cutter to make an equal number of flower tops.
  • Bake larger cookies at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until golden
  • brown; bake smaller cookies for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, milk, extract and,
  • if desired, food coloring; mix until smooth. Immediately spread over
  • cooled cookies. Stir additional confectioners' sugar into remaining
  • glaze to thicken; spread a small amount on bottom of smaller
  • cookies; place over larger cookies. Top with gumdrops. Yield: 21
  • cookies.
Nutritional Facts: 1 decorated cookie (calculated without gumdrops) equals 247 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 147 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.