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Black Cat Paw Cookies

  • yield: Makes about 6 dozen

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • Black gel food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons unbroken sliced almonds (about 40), halved lengthwise
  • Royal Icing

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg, vanilla, and salt; mix on medium speed until combined. With mixer on low speed, add flour in 2 batches, mixing just until incorporated. Add enough food coloring until you reach desired shade of black.

  2. Step 2

    Divide dough into two equal portions. Place each portion on a piece of plastic wrap; flatten into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 1 week.

  3. Step 3

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper. Lightly dust work surface with flour. Roll out one portion of dough to 1/8-inch thick. Using a 3-inch cat paw cookie cutter, cut out cookies.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer cut dough to prepared baking sheets. Insert an almond "nail" into the toe of each paw. If dough becomes too soft, place in the refrigerator for a few minutes firm. Bake cookies until golden around the edges and slightly firm to the touch, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet 1 minute; transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining dough.

  5. Step 5

    Transfer half of the royal icing to a plastic squeeze bottle. Add enough black food coloring to remaining icing to make it grey. Transfer to a plastic squeeze bottle. To make the paw pads, squeeze 1 large circle of grey or white icing, about 1 1/4 inches in diameter, on the bottom third of the paw. Squeeze smaller circles, about 1/2 inch in diameter, in the center of each toe. Repeat with remaining cookies and white and grey icing. Allow icing to set completely before serving.

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Reviews (11)

  • ibracadabra 11 Oct, 2011

    This is a delightfully simple cookie recipe. I didn't have the cat paw cookie cutter so I just used other Halloween cookie cutters I had. I also added a bit of nutmeg to give it more of a fall flavor. The best part is that the cookie will turn your tongue black after you eat it!

  • geekygrandma 31 Oct, 2008

    What a great tip about making cookie cutters from the foil box blade - that would save having to buy and find a place to store all the seasonal shaped cookie cutters. Also, maybe use needle nose or craft pliers to form the tight bends in the box blade so as not to cut yourself. I used dark chocolate cookie dough and made dinosaur footprints for a BD party using this same idea.

  • dovecanyon 22 Oct, 2008

    I make these using the chocolate cookie recipe. That way I only need to add a little coloring. (or none at all) Thanks for the idea of shaping the cutter out of the foil box blade! I've been using a cardboard cutout, and cutting around it with a tiny knife.

  • maredyns 22 Oct, 2008

    My mother used to improvise cookie cutters in most shapes by fashioning them out of the blades from tin foil boxes... it sounds crude but with practice, anyone can make any shapes they want!!!

  • maredyns 22 Oct, 2008

    My mother used to improvise cookie cutters in most shapes by fashioning them out of the blades from tin foil boxes... it sounds crude but with practice, anyone can make any shapes they want!!!

  • maredyns 22 Oct, 2008

    My mother used to improvise cookie cutters in most shapes by fashioning them out of the blades from tin foil boxes... it sounds crude but with practice, anyone can make any shapes they want!!!

  • maredyns 22 Oct, 2008

    My mother used to improvise cookie cutters in most shapes by fashioning them out of the blades from tin foil boxes... it sounds crude but with practice, anyone can make any shapes they want!!!

  • Degi 12 Oct, 2008

    It is a very good recipe but the cat paw cookie cutter is hard to find in stores .You have to either order it online or if you are lucky you can find it in stores.

  • lulamillie 8 Oct, 2008

    http://www.thecookiecuttershop.com/pets/pets45.shtml
    (they have the cat paw cookie cutter)

  • lulamillie 8 Oct, 2008

    http://www.thecookiecuttershop.com/pets/pets45.shtml
    (they have the cat paw cookie cutter)

  • patana 6 Oct, 2008

    Where can I purchase the paw print cookie cutter?