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Honeybee Cookies

Take a break from your insect exploring to bake these honeybee cookies -- the perfect treat for a buzzy day.

What You'll Need:

  • Electric mixer
  • 2 medium bowls
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cookie sheets
  • Decorations: yellow and black icing, gummy fruit

How to make honeybee cookies:

Step 1: In an electric mixer beat shortening, sugar, and honey at medium speed until fluffy.

Step 2: Add egg and vanilla; mix until well blended.

Step 3: Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl.

Step 4: Add to shortening mixture, mix at low speed until well blended.

Step 5: Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Step 6: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Divide dough into 24 equal sections. Shape each section into oval-shaped ball. Place two inches apart on un-greased cookie sheets.

Step 7: Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool two minutes on cookie sheets. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Step 8: Decorate with icings and gummy fruit to create honeybees. Makes two dozen cookies.

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