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Frosted Cocoa Cookies

"Almond flavor in the chocolate frosting accents these soft cookies nicely," says Diane Moran, a rancher from Rhame, North Dakota. "My husband and two sons gobble them up quickly!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 13-16 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the butter, confectioners' sugar, cocoa and extract. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over cookies.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 357 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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