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Diva Bats: Halloween Cookies

Diva Black Sparkle Bat Cookies
Need a Halloween treat for the ladies (or some little divas), these black sparkle bat cookies should do the trick (or should I say treat).

skeleton cookiesI had originally planned to make these cute little skeleton cookies I found on Cooking Light, but the bittersweet chocolate cookie dough was a little crumbly & my gingerbread man cookie cutter has oddly skinny arms.  I am not particularly talented at icing, so my skeletons were more likely to look  like confused ghosts anyway.  I dug through my cookie cutters and found a bat… then I remembered the black sugar sparkles I had bought after Halloween last year, and the plan came together.  I would make a flock  of glittery diva bat Halloween cookies.

Diva Bats: Halloween Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (I substituted Splenda for ½ of the sugar)
  • ½ cup butter, softened (I used a heart healthy spread instead)
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 5.6 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1¼ cups)
  • 4.75 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1 cup)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened dark cocoa (such as Hershey's Special Dark)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • edible black glitter sprinkles
Glaze
  • 1 tbs milk or orange juice
  • ¾ cup confectionery sugar (more if needed)
  • couple drops of black food coloring
Instructions
  1. Cream together the sugar, butter, oil & vanilla.
  2. Beat eggs, then mix in.
  3. Add flour, cocoa & salt, and mix well.
  4. Knead dough then roll out between sheets of plastic wrap.
  5. Chill dough for about ½ an hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350.
  7. Cut shapes, and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  9. Mix together glaze. It should be thin enough to brush on, but thick enough for sparkles to stick to.
  10. Brush one side of each bat cookies with glaze and drop into glitter, shake to coat.
  11. Put on rack to dry.
Notes
*I will try swapping sweetener to ¾ cup sugar + ¼ cup syrup (maple, agave, molasses or honey) in the next batch. It should improve the flexibility of the dough.

diva bats cookies

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