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Makes about 12 greeting card cookies


Say it with a cookie…sweet, to the point…and oh so fun to eat!


1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt




1.Beat butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla in large bowl until fluffy. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; add to butter mixture, blending well. Refrigerate about 1 hour, or until firm enough to roll. Cut cardboard rectangle for pattern, 2 1/2 x 4 inches; wrap in plastic wrap.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. On lightly floured board, or between two pieces of wax paper, roll out half of dough to 1/4-inch thickness. For each cookie, place pattern on dough; cut through dough around pattern with sharp paring knife. (Save dough trimmings and reroll for remaining cookies.) Carefully place cutouts on prepared cookie sheet.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. (If cookies have lost their shape, trim irregular edges while cookies are still hot.) Carefully transfer to wire rack. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.

4. Prepare DECORATIVE FROSTING; spoon into pastry bag fitted with decorating tip. Pipe names or greetings onto cookies; decorate as desired.



Beat 3 cups powdered sugar and 1/3 cup shortening in small bowl; gradually add 2 to 3 tablespoons milk, beating until smooth and slightly thickened. Cover until ready to use. If desired, divide frosting into two bowls; tint each a different color with food color.


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