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Beastly Bugs

Beastly Bugs

Delicious butter cookies, decorated to resemble bugs, will delight the little ones in your family.

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1 hr
Prep Time
1 hr 55 min
Total Time



1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt


3 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Black or red licorice laces, , cut into 1-inch pieces

Small gumdrops


2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Food color

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 400°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 cup butter and eggs in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  3. STEP 3

    Stir together 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon in bowl. 

  4. STEP 4

    Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1 1/4 inch balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set.

  5. STEP 5

    Insert 3 licorice pieces immediately into each side of cookie for legs. Cool completely.

  6. STEP 6

    Combine powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, gradually adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Tint with food color, if desired.

  7. STEP 7

    Frost cooled cookies. Place gumdrop on cookie to form head. Cut additional 1/8-inch pieces of licorice; place on frosting for spots.

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Nutrition (1 cookie)

110 Calories
5 Fat (g)
20 Cholesterol (mg)
100 Sodium (mg)
18 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
1 Protein (g)
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