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Heavenly Cookie Angels

 Heavenly Cookie Angels
These heavenly treats are easy to assemble and are a hit with kids of all ages.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
12 ServingsPrep: 3 hours Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon miniature semisweet chocolate chips or M&M's minis
  • 1 pound white candy coating, finely chopped
  • 24 miniature pretzels
  • Edible glitter
  • Green, blue, red, yellow and black gel food coloring
  • 3/4 cup vanilla frosting
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Pearl candy dragees
  • 12 white Life Savers

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, cream shortening and sugar
  • until light and fluffy; beat in egg. Combine flour, baking powder
  • and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Set aside
  • 1/3 cup of dough for angel heads.
  • Divide remaining dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll
  • out each portion into a 6-in. circle; cut each into six wedges.
  • Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. For angel heads, shape

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Heavenly Cookie Angels (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • teaspoonfuls of reserved dough into 12 balls; flatten into circles.
  • Lightly press on top of pointed end of each wedge. Add chips for
  • eyes.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to
  • cool completely.
  • In a microwave, melt candy coating at 50% power 2-3 minutes or until
  • melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Coat pretzels with candy coating;
  • shake off excess. Place on waxed paper; sprinkle with edible
  • glitter. Freeze 15 minutes or until firm.
  • Place angels on waxed paper. Tint some of the candy coating green and
  • some blue. Frost angels' dresses with tinted candy coating; sprinkle
  • with edible glitter.
  • In a small bowl, beat vanilla frosting and confectioners' sugar until
  • smooth. Place 2 tablespoons frosting in a small bowl; tint red and
  • set aside. If desired, decorate dresses with white frosting and
  • pearl dragees. Using tinted candy coating, attach pretzel wings.
  • Freeze for 15 minutes or until firm.
  • Tint remaining frosting yellow for hair. Chill for 15 minutes or
  • until firm. Using grass pastry tip #233 and yellow frosting, pipe
  • hair onto heads. For halos, dip Life Savers in water; sprinkle with
  • edible glitter. Let stand for 5 minutes or until glitter is set;
  • press halos gently onto hair.
  • Using round pastry tip #1 and reserved red frosting, pipe mouths.
  • With black food coloring and a clean paintbrush, add eyelashes. Let
  • stand until completely dry. Yield: 1 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave. Edible glitter is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit www.wilton.com.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 540 calories, 25 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 205 mg sodium, 75 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.