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    Peanut Butter Jack O'lantern Cookies

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    12 mins

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    12 mins

    Chef mariajane's Note:

    Classic peanut butter cookies are very good for Halloween dressed up as Jack O'lanterns! Be sure to ask your kids for help in the kitchen with these yummy treats! And they taste as good as they look -

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    • 1 (450 g) container prepared vanilla, frosring
    • food coloring (red, yellow and green)
    • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 2 teaspoons Crisco shortening


    1. 1
      In a large bowl, mix sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk and vanilla. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Add egg. Beat until just blended.
    2. 2
      In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to shortening mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    3. 3
      Divide dough into thirds. Roll out evenly to 1/4 -inch thickness. Using a floured pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, cut dough into pumpkin shapes and place 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
    4. 4
      To make without pumpkin cutter, pinch off walnut size pieces of dough, Shape into balls. Place 3-inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Flatten each ball with bottom of glass to approximately 3/8-inch thickness. Form into pumpkin shape. Pinch off very small piece of dough and roll to form stem - attach to the top of the cookie. With a small knife, score cookie with vertical lines to resemble a pumpkin.
    5. 5
      Bake in batches in a preheated 375F oven for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set and just beginning to brown. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Remove cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.
    6. 6
      Remove about 1/4 cup of vanilla frosting and set aside. Add several drops of red and yellow food coloring ro remaining frosting. Blend thoroughly to a bright orange color. Add 1 drop green food color to the reserved 1/4 cup frosting and blend well.
    7. 7
      Frost all but the upper stems with the orange frosting. Frost the upper stems with green frosting.
    8. 8
      Place chocolate chips and shortening in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium for 1 minute. Stir if necessary. Microwave for another 30 seconds at a time until mixture is smooth when stirred. Transfer to a resealable bag. Cut small tip off corner of bag. Pipe lines around edge and make the faces to resemble Jack O'Lanterns.
    9. 9
      TIPS: Cookies can be baked and cooled, packaged and frozen for up to 3 weeks. Defrost thoroughly before decorating.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 28, 2009

      This was a good recipe, and easy. I used homeade frosting though made with 1 stick margarine, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 c. powdered sugar, and 1 T. milk. , mix that all together with a blender then add food coloring as recipe directs. YUM

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    Nutritional Facts for Peanut Butter Jack O'lantern Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (1534 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 206.4
    Calories from Fat 80
    Total Fat 8.9 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 7.2 mg
    Sodium 128.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 21.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    Sugars 14.4 g
    Protein 2.8 g

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