Chocolate Santa Cookies

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From the kitchen of Rhonda B., Greenfield, Missouri

What you'll need

  • 2 squares unsweetened baker's chocolate
  • 2/3 cup shortening (I use Crisco)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 tsp. butter flavoring (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. almond flavoring
  • 1/8 cup (plus 1 to 2 tbsp.) cool water

How to make it

  1. In a saucepan, slowly melt chocolate over low heat. Let cool slightly.

  2. In a large bowl, blend cooled chocolate with shortening, sugar and egg.

  3. In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Add to chocolate mixture, alternating with milk and vanilla.

  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  5. Roll dough out on lightly floured board until it's about 1/8 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut dough into Santa shapes and place on greased cookie sheets.

  6. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool completely before removing from cookie sheets to keep from breaking.

  7. To make frosting, sift sugar into bowl. Add shortening and flavorings. Blend together and add water 1 tablespoon at a time to desired consistency.

  8. Decorate cookies with frosting and small candies of your choice.

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