Spooky Halloween Trees

Decorated Halloween Cookies Recipe
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Make frosting and decorating these cookies a family event.
1:00
Prep Time
3:20
Total Time
24 cookies

Ingredients

Cookie

1 1/2 cups
all-purpose flour
1/4 cup
unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon
baking powder
1/2 teaspoon
baking soda
1/4 teaspoon
salt
1/2 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3/4 cup
sugar
1
large Land O Lakes® Egg
1 teaspoon
vanilla

Frosting

2 cups
powdered sugar
1/4 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon
vanilla
1/4 teaspoon
ground cinnamon
3 to 4 tablespoons
Land O Lakes® Half & Half

Decorations

Black licorice twists
Halloween sprinkles and/or decorator sugars, if desired

Directions

  1. Combine all frosting ingredients in bowl, adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency. Beat at low speed until well mixed.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine 1/2 cup butter and sugar in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed until well mixed.
  4. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm.
  5. Heat oven to 325°F.
  6. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time, (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 12x7-inch rectangle. (Trim edges if necessary.) Cut rectangle in half lengthwise with pizza cutter or sharp knife. Make 5 crosswise cuts in each half, 2 inches apart, creating 12 (3 1/2x2-inch) rectangles. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake 6-8 minutes or just until set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  8. Cut licorice twists into 3-inch lengths. Cut slits on 1 end of licorice using sharp knife or kitchen shears to within 1 inch of other end to form tree with 3 or 4 branches. Carefully bend or peel apart branches.
  9. Working with 2 or 3 cookies at a time so frosting doesn’t harden, frost cookies. Place licorice tree onto frosting; sprinkle with Halloween sprinkles or decorator sugars, if desired.

Recipe Tips

- Halloween sprinkles come in a variety of shapes, such as bats, pumpkins or fall leaves, and are available at craft stores and in the baking aisle of the supermarket during the fall season.

- If branches are accidentally cut off tree, just attach cut branch to frosting so it looks like part of the tree.

- For variety, make different shape cookies using large round or diamond-shaped cookie cutter.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories
150
Cholesterol
25mg
Carbohydrates
23g
Protein
1g
Fat
6g
Sodium
110mg
Dietary Fiber
0g

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