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Chocolate Farmyard Cookies

"I've been baking these goodies since 1948," attests Laverne Militello of Deltona, Florida. "The dough is a cinch to make and the cookies are always a hit. Our friends tell me how delicious the treats are each time I serve them."—Laverne Militello, Deltona, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen (3- inch to 4-inch cookies)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Additional sugar, optional
  • 1 cup white frosting

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and chocolate; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.Cover and chill for 2-3 hours or until firm.
  • Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut into animal shapes. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with sugar if desired.
  • Bake at 350° for 9-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Frost as desired.
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