1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Black decorator sugar
Red or black licorice laces (string), cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch pieces, if desired
Decorator gel or frosting
Decorator candies (candy eyes, red cinnamon candies, mini chocolate-covered candy pieces, candy sprinkles, etc.), if desired.
Heat oven to 375°F.
Combine sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in black sugar to coat entire ball. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set.
Insert 4 licorice pieces immediately into each cookie to form legs. Move cookies to cooling rack. Cool completely.
Place tiny dab of decorator gel or frosting onto cookie for eyes; gently press on candy.
Store between sheets of waxed paper in containers with tight-fitting lid.
- If necessary, poke toothpick or skewer into cookies so licorice pieces can easily be inserted for legs.
- Place black decorator sugar in a clean, dry, glass bowl. This prevents sugar from getting too greasy and allows it to stick to the dough. You may need to occasionally start with fresh sugar if sugar isn’t sticking. Do not let the sugar get wet or it will dissolve.
- Use any color decorator sugar to roll the dough balls to create a variety of bugs.
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