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Ginger Pumpkin Face Cookies

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Submitted By: Hauntmistress
On: 10/05/2002 02:49 PM

Serves: 3 Dozen
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Occasion: Halloween
Effort: Easy

Ingredients:
1 cup pecan halves, divided

1 cup 100% Bran cereal

1/4 cup light molasses

1 egg, beaten

1 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar, divided

Candy corn, melted chocolate, colored sprinkles, for garnish

Icing:
2 cups powdered sugar

3 - 4 tbs. milk

Red and yellow food coloring

How to Prepare:

Set aside 36 pecan halves; finely chop remainder.

Mix bran, molasses and egg in sm. bowl; let stand 5 min.

Mix flour, baking soda and spices in another bowl; set aside.

Beat butter and 3/4 cup sugar in large bowl with mixer at med. speed until creamy; blend in bran mixture.

Stir in flour mixture until blended. Stir in chopped pecans. Form into 1 in. balls; roll in remaining 1/4 cup sugar.

Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Flatten balls with bottom of glass. Insert 1 whole pecan into top edge of dough for stem.

Bake at 375 degrees for 7 - 9 min. Let stand 1 min. before removing to cooling racks.

Frost.

Powdered Sugar Icing: Combine 2 cups powdered sugar and 3 - 4 tbs. milk until smooth. Tint with red and yellow food coloring to make orange tone.

Decorate with candy corn, melted chocolate and colored sprinkles.
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