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1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Margarine
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
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Margarine softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Heat oven to 400°F.
Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 cup margarine and eggs in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.
Stir together 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon in bowl; set aside.
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.
Insert 3 licorice pieces into each side of cookie for legs, while cookies are hot. Cool completely.
Combine powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons margarine and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, gradually adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Tint with food color, if desired.
Frost cookies. Place gumdrop onto cookie to form head. Cut additional 1/8-inch pieces of licorice and place onto frosting for spots.
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Baking with margarine produces moist cakes and chewy cookies. For consistent high quality results, remember to use margarine (80% fat), not a spread product.