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Halloween Treat: Bat Cookies


My daughter’s second grade class is studying bats right now. Each day she comes home with some new fact I didn’t want to know about bats. For example, I learned that there really are bats that suck blood, which of course are aptly named vampire bats. Ick. She also taught me that some bats have a wing span of six feet. Okay, that’s enough. You’re giving me nightmares.

So when the room mom from her class called and asked me if I could bring bottled water in for the Halloween party, I foolishly said “How about I make bat cookies?” Seriously don’t know what I was thinking. Oh, yeah, I remember. I wanted to encourage my daughter’s enthusiasm about studying bats and she loves it when I make treats for her class parties. So bat cookies it is.

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The ingredients for bat cookies are:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Small red cinnamon cookie decorations
  • Bat cookie cutter

To make bat cookies:

1. Mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt, then set aside.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar.

3. Beat the egg in the sugar mixture.

4. Stir the dry ingredients into the sugar mixture to form soft dough.

5. Flatten the dough, wrap it in wax paper and chill for two hours.

6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

7. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough so it’s 1/8 inch thick.

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8. Press the bat cookie cutter firmly into the dough and place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

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9. Put the red cinnamon candies on as the bat’s eyes.

10. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.

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11. Let cookies cool.

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