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Ladybug Cookies Recipe

Ladybug Cookies Recipe

These bright, sweet "ladybugs" brought me good luck when it came to pleasing guests. I frosted chocolate-covered marshmallow cookies to make the whimsical treats, and they turned out so cute I used them as part of my centerpiece. -Kendra Barclay, De Kalb, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or white chips
  • Red liquid or paste food coloring
  • 1 package (12 ounces) chocolate and marshmallow cookies
  • 3 strips black shoestring licorice, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 12 large black gumdrops

Directions

  • 1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt frosting and chips at 70% power; stir until smooth. Stir in food coloring. Spread over the rounded tops of cookies; place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet.
  • 2. For head, insert two pieces of licorice into gumdrops for antennae. With a toothpick, attach a gumdrop onto the side of each cookie.
  • 3. Use a toothpick or knife to draw a line from the head down the center of each cookie. For legs, insert six pieces of licorice into frosting of each ladybug. Chop remaining licorice into small pieces; place on top for spots. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 277 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 104 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.