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Inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe story in which a demonic cat is "graven in bas-relief upon the white surface" of a wall, these cakey black-and-white cookies feature the chocolate silhouette of a fur-raised feline set against a full moon of glossy icing.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2008
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Ingredients

For the Cookies

For the Chocolate Cats and Icing

Directions

Cook's Notes

Photocopy cat template at 100 percent. Cookies will keep in an airtight container up to 2 days.

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  • Kf2jbt
    30 OCT, 2010
    Look to the right of the picture of the cookies on the plate. The template should be highlighted. Click on that and you'll find 5 templates on one page.
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  • DelFrmCalif
    29 OCT, 2010
    The recipe states that the cookie is 3 1/2 inches in diameter. You can make them smaller by an inch and still have the same effect. Martha's decorated cookies are usually pretty large. I find that I can use the template with chocolate sprinkles or chocolate sugar for the same cat. Just make sure the icing is still tacky so the sugar will stick. Wonderful cookies!
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  • deezblock
    26 OCT, 2008
    The finished cookies must be huge since the template is so large. Has anyone tried these?
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  • jgood
    23 OCT, 2008
    Does anyone know how to get the cat template? Thanks.
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  • BakeItICanMakeIt
    16 OCT, 2008
    If you've never baked a cake with cake flour . . . you're missing something awesome. My first "cake flour" cake was a Black Forest Cherry Tort and it turned out great. So, I'm sold on it! I use it in my banana bread recipe as well.
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  • BakeItICanMakeIt
    16 OCT, 2008
    If you've never baked a cake with cake flour . . . you're missing something awesome. My first "cake flour" cake was a Black Forest Cherry Tort and it turned out great. So, I'm sold on it! I use it in my banana bread recipe as well.
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  • chmurag
    15 OCT, 2008
    Cake flour has a low protein content which means it has less gluten. That gives the cake or pastry a finer, more delicate crumb. Supermarkets sell it in boxes near the regular sacks of flour. The brand they sell on the east coast is called Swan's Down. Make sure it does not say "self-rising."
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  • amberpasternak
    15 OCT, 2008
    lucydrew: http://bakingbites.com/2007/05/subbing-all-purpose-flour-for-cake-flour/
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  • jvallas
    15 OCT, 2008
    ran out of room on that comment - for the template, do a search for 'candle creatures" - and at the bottom is a link to the "fraidy cat."
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  • jvallas
    15 OCT, 2008
    Re the missing template, I found one that's the same except for the bits of fur on the tail (covered by instruction above to spread chocolate to edges of fur with toothpick). It's at http://www.marthastewart.com/article/candle-creatures?autonomy_kw=cat template
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