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SPIDERWEB SUGAR COOKIES

Author The Food Nanny

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • ICING
  • 1/4 cup 1/2 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 5-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In an electric mixer bowl, blend the sugar, butter, and egg. Add the lemon extract and beat for 1 minute.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt onto a square of wax paper (or mix in a bowl).
  3. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk to the butter mixture, mixing well after each addition. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. Speedy tip: 1/2 hour in freezer
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Dip a cookie cutter into flour, cut into the dough, and place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Scrape the dough scraps together, add flour to the rolling surface as needed, roll out again, and cut out additional cookies. Bake 7 to 10 minutes and cool on racks.
  6. To make the icing, combine the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a mixer bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until blended. Add the evaporated milk 1 Tablespoon at a time and continue to beat to desired spreading consistency.
  7. Spread the icing on the cooled cookies.
  8. Put the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, and melt the chocolate in the microwave: Heat on high for 60 seconds and stir. Continue to heat, watching carefully not to burn, and stir well.
  9. Spoon the melted chocolate into a ziplock bag. Use a toothpick to make a tiny hole in a corner of the bag to use for drawing the web onto your cookie.
  10. To make the spiderwebs, spread a layer of white icing and immediately pipe a spiral of chocolate over the surface, starting in the middle and working outward. Use the toothpick to pull the chocolate from center of cookie to outermost part of cookie. Repeat until you have your spiderweb!