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Glowing Jack-O-Lantern Cookies

No recipe image available.Crushed lemon drop candies melt while baking to create the glowing 'eyes', 'nose' and 'mouth' of these festive Jack-O-lantern cut-out cookies.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
Orange and green food coloring
1 (5.5-ounce) package lemon drop candy, crushed*

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Cover 3 baking sheets with foil; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt, mixing well; set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Stir in flour mixture. Add milk if batter is too stiff.
  4. Tint all but 1/8 of dough orange and tint remaining dough green.
  5. Roll 1-inch balls from the orange dough and flatten with the bottom of a sugar coated glass. Place on prepared baking sheets.
  6. Roll stems out of the green dough and attach to the top of the " pumpkin".
  7. Carefully cut out wide spaces for the eyes, nose and mouth with a sharp knife. Fill holes in with the crushed lemon candy. (Candy will melt when baked)
  8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until done. Do not allow to brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and carefully peel off foil.

Makes about 3 dozen.

*Crush lemon drops in food processor with a little powdered sugar.