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oct 22 Halloween cutout cookies

October 21, 1997

Halloween Cutout Cookies

1 package devil's food, white or yellow cake mix

1/3 cup shortening

1/3 cup margarine, butter or spread with more than 65 percent vegetable oil, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together about half of the cake mix (dry), the shortening, margarine, vanilla and egg in large bowl thoroughly, using a spoon. Stir in remaining cake mix. Divide dough in half. Roll each half 1/4-inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board, using cloth-covered rolling pin.

Cut into desired shapes with 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters; cut designs in cookies if desired, using sharp knife. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 6 to 8 minutes or just until set (centers will be soft). Cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheet. Immediately make hole in tops of some cookies, using end of plastic straw: trim any cut edges with sharp knife to straighten. Cool completely on wire rack.

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Tie ribbons or yarn through holes to hang. Hang ornaments on tree branches anchored in a pot or on Halloween tree (available at craft stores). Decorate remaining cookies as desired. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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