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Ladybug Cookies

 Ladybug Cookies
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
12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 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


  • 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.
  • For head, insert two pieces of licorice into gumdrops for antennae.
  • With a toothpick, attach a gumdrop onto the side of each cookie.
  • 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.