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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