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Festive Pumpkins & Striped Green Snakes
A tasty treat that the kids will love.
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Serves: 16
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes
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2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 ounces neufchatel cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Powdered sugar
red food coloring
yellow food coloring
black licorice candy, cut into small triangles for eyes and thin long pieces for mouth
red baking non-chocolate candy

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease baking sheet.

In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, oil, egg and vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture and mix well forming a stiff dough. If you want to make both cookies, divide the dough into two balls.

To make pumpkin cookies, shape a 2 inch circle and flatten. Add a stem to the top. Cover stem with green sprinkles. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and let cool. To make frosting, mix cream cheese and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and mix thoroughly until smooth. Add equal amount of yellow and red food coloring to make orange. Spread over cooled pumpkins. Make the face with licorice.

To make snakes, mix roughly 8-10 drops of green food coloring into dough. Since the coloring will not mix evenly, the dough will yield striped snakes. Roll out the dough to about 6-7 inches long and 1/4 inch wide. Shape the dough with two S curves. Put two red candies in for eyes. Bake for 8-10 minutes. These snakes will cook quickly so be careful not to over-bake. Carefully remove from baking sheet and let cool.

Ingredients #9-15 are for pumpkin decoration. Ingredient #16 is for the snake.


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