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Butterscotch Basketball Cookies

 Butterscotch Basketball Cookies
I didn't need a special basketball player cookie cutter to shape these sporty cookies—gingerbread men cutters make the team! I like this cookie's rich taste better than that of a basic sugar cookie. —Sharon Landeen, Tucson, Arizona
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 5 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • FROSTING:
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Paste food coloring

Directions

  • In a microwave, melt butterscotch chips; cool for 10 minutes. In a
  • bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add egg, milk and vanilla; mix well.
  • Beat in melted chips. Gradually add flour; mix well. Cover and
  • refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a
  • floured 4-1/2-in. gingerbread man cookie cutter and a 3-in. round

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Butterscotch Basketball Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cutter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375°
  • for 5-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1
  • minute; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, combine shortening, water, flour and vanilla in a bowl;
  • mix well. Gradually beat in sugar. Place 1 cup frosting in a plastic
  • bag; cut a small hole in corner of bag. Pipe shirt and shorts on
  • players. Fill in outline and smooth with a metal spatula. Tint 1/4
  • cup frosting black; place in a plastic bag. Pipe lines on round
  • cookies to create basketballs; pipe hair, eyes and noses on players.
  • Tint 1/4 cup frosting red; pipe a mouth on each player. Tint
  • remaining frosting to match team colors of your choice; pipe around
  • shirts and shorts and add a letter on shirts if desired. Yield:
  • about 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 352 calories, 17 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.