Preakness cookies are real winners


EVERY PREAKNESS party needs a dessert worthy of the winner's circle. These Black-eyed Susan cookies make perfect celebration fare.

Black-eyed Susan Cookies

1/3 cup shortening

1/3 cup margarine or butter

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

Yellow food coloring

Semisweet chocolate morsels, about 2 to 4 ounces

In a mixing bowl beat shortening and margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or till softened.

Add about half of the flour, the sugar, egg, milk, baking powder and vanilla to the shortening mixture. Beat till thoroughly combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat or stir in remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover; chill for two hours or till easy to handle.

On a lightly floured surface roll each portion of dough to one-eighth inch thickness.

After rolling out dough, cut dough into three-inch shapes with flower-shaped cookie cutter. Then, using a tiny circular cookie cutter (we used the top of a shot glass) cut a hole in the center of half of cookies.

Place one-inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 375-degree oven for seven to nine minutes or till edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. Remove cookies and cool on rack.

Melt chocolate in a microwave, stirring often. Working quickly, spread whole cookies with chocolate and top with one of the cookies that has a hole. Fill depression with additional melted chocolate.

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