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Gretchen’s Cookbook - Ladybug Cookies recipe
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Ladybug Cookies

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1/2 c. butter 1/2 c. sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 c. flour 1/4 tsp. salt 3/4 tsp. baking soda red food coloring 1 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted 1/4 c. chocolate chips (for decorating)
When I was a kid, I would ask for these cookies on a regular basis. And my mother would sigh. These are not your basic drop cookie, but they sure are a crowd pleaser. Hostetler Family Recipe In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. In a medium bowl, sift together dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda. Add eggs, one a time, to creamed butter. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients, a bit at a time. Beat until smooth. Remove about 1/3 to 1/2 c. of batter and set aside. To the remaining batter, add red food coloring until the dough is as red as desired. In a microwave safe dish, place semisweet chocolate. Heat in the microwave for 30 second intervals until melted. When the chocolate is melted, stir together with the reserved batter (the 1/3 c. that didn't get tinted red). Wrap both doughs in plastic wrap or place in airtight containers, and chill 1 hour. Remove dough from refrigerator. Form the cookies: Form a piece of red dough into a 1-inch ball. Use your finger to place a dot of water right where the "head" goes. Roll a tiny ball of chocolate dough into a "head." Dip the attachment point into the water and then press it against the wet spot on the red dough ball. (The wetness helps the head stay attached to the body.) Take two chocolate chips (dots for the wings) and press into opposite sides of the red dough ball. With a sharp knife, make a deep cut into the center of the red dough ball. Bake at 350F for about 10 min., until the tops of cookies are no longer moist (bottoms will be golden brown). Beat 3 min. Put 3 Tbsp. in sm. bowl, add choc.. Chill 1 hr. Roll light colored dough in 1" balls, Draw deep line lengthwise. 2 cherry pieces on either "wing." Shape chocolate dough for "heads." Bake 12 - 15 min., or until light brown. Makes about 3 doz. Handle the baked cookies gently, as their little heads pop off easily. The kids love 'em but they're kind of a pain, to be honest.
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