These treats are the cat's meow.

The Purr-fect Treat

1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 large egg
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
2 teaspoons orange juice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Orange Icing
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening and butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed 30 seconds or until softened.
  2. Add half of the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, egg, milk, orange peel, and juice, baking powder, and vanilla. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat or stir in remaining flour. Divide in half. Cover; chill for 1 to 2 hours or till easy to handle.On a lightly floured surface, roll each dough portion to a 1/8-inch thickness. With a cat-shaped cutter, cut into shapes. Place shapes 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are light brown. Remove cookies; cool thoroughly on a wire rack. Decorate cats with Orange Icing.

Makes about sixty 2- to 3-inch cookies.

Orange Icing: In a small mixing bowl stir together 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and enough orange juice (2 to 3 teaspoons) to make of piping consistency. Stir in enough orange food coloring (or a combination of red and yellow) to color the icing orange. Place icing in a small, sealed plastic bag with a small hole snipped in one corner or in a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip.

Nutrition facts per serving: calories: 64, total fat: 3g, saturated fat: 1g, cholesterol: 8mg, sodium: 22mg, carbohydrate: 9g, fiber: 0g, protein: 1g, vitamin A: 1%, vitamin C: 0%, calcium: 1%, iron: 2%

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