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Black Cat Cookies

Our children look forward to helping me bake these cute cat cookies each year. They've become experts at making the faces with candy corn and Red Hots. —Kathy Stock, Levasy, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 24 wooden craft or Popsicle sticks
  • 48 candy corn candies
  • 24 Red Hot candies


  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Roll dough into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 3 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets.
  • Insert a wooden stick into each cookie. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Pinch top of cookie to form ears. For whiskers, press a fork twice into each cookie. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set. Remove from the oven; immediately press on candy corn for eyes and Red Hots for noses. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 430 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 334mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • homemadewithlove
    Nov 3, 2014

    These are cute and make a lot! I didn't put mine on sticks when making for a high school band fall/Halloween function. Dough is great to work with!

  • xlsalbums
    Nov 16, 2013

    These tasted great and were so cute. The kids loved them in my daughter's classroom.

  • EricaLeeMott
    Oct 31, 2013

    I use this recipe every year! Love it!

  • utatui2
    Nov 1, 2012

    We couldn't get ours to look as good as the picture at all, but no matter because they taste great!

  • gennac
    Oct 30, 2012

    I just finished making these for my younger son's toddler/preschool classroom. They turned out fantastic- soft and fudgy! I made them a bit smaller so it yielded 40 cookies and decided to skip the wooden stick. I also used a red m&m for the nose. I have made these before and they are always a big hit! Thanks for a great recipe!

  • meech0315
    Sep 29, 2011

    I made these last years for a Halloween party for my son's class and even though he has a new teacher this year, she heard from last years teacher how good they were and they have been requested again! Very cute, amazing cookie, will continue to make....

  • Bhrngari
    Oct 30, 2010

    I made these for Halloween, they were so easy! I used a red Hershey's Special Dark Pieces candy for the nose instead of a red hot, I think it will taste better with the dough and the larger nose was cuter :) .

  • mecky2
    Oct 6, 2010

    These are sooo cute and taste good. Like brownies.

  • Jerusha Dykes
    Oct 27, 2009

    These are very good! My son loved making these with me. He said they tasted like brownies!