Black Cat Cookies
 From Taste of Home’s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook
 
 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
 
 
 1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
 2 cups sugar
 2 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
 
 SERVINGS 12
 CATEGORY Dessert
 METHOD Baked
 PREP 25 min.
 COOK 10 min.
 TOTAL 35 min.
 
 In a mixing 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. 
 
 Yield: 2 dozen.