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Black-Eyed Susan Cookies

Black-eyed Susans attract butterflies when planted in masses, and you'll draw a crowd when you make these "conversation" cookies. They may be a little more time-consuming than some cookies, but their sunny faces and gumdrop centers are worth it the extra time. —Grace Pack, Beaver, West Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    21 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 to 3 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • Additional confectioners' sugar
  • Black gumdrops


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Divide dough in half so that one portion is slightly larger than the other; shape each into a disk. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll larger portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. round or scalloped cookie cutter to make flower bottoms. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough using a floured 2-3/4-in. flower or scalloped cookie cutter to make an equal number of flower tops.
  • Bake larger cookies at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown; bake smaller cookies for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, milk, extract and, if desired, food coloring; mix until smooth. Immediately spread over cooled cookies. Stir additional confectioners' sugar into remaining glaze to thicken; spread a small amount on bottom of smaller cookies; place over larger cookies. Top with gumdrops.
Nutrition Facts
1 decorated cookie: 247 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • suefalk
    Dec 31, 2016

    Cookies are delicious, however, I'm not crazy about the gumdrop. Brown-eyed Susans are on my Christmas plate every year. I always press a chocolate wafer into the center before baking. When they come out of the oven before the chocolate sets I sprinkle red/green jimmies on them.

  • szwejlovesjesus
    Mar 30, 2013

    There was no way I could roll out this dough. I ended up scooping it into round cookies. They tasted good, but we were looking for a good cutout cookie recipe and the finished product looked nothing like what we expected.

  • anna0425
    Apr 12, 2012

    Cookies were excellent. I did need to use a lot more flour when using the cookie cutters. Also I used lemon extract instead of the orange extract for half of the frosting recipe! I didn't have any gum drops available so I used M&M's and they worked just as good!