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
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.