Scaredy Cat Cookies

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Makes 24 servings



  • 1 package Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 egg

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cat decorations:

  • 48 large chocolate chips
  • 48 candy corns
  • 24 round candy coated chocolates
  • 2 ropes pull-apart licorice, cut into 1” segments and separated


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In medium bowl, stir together cookie mix, butter and egg until well blended. Place rounded tablespoons of dough 2-inches apart onto greased/ parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 11-13 minutes. Cool cookies completely.
  • To make chocolate buttercream frosting: With an electric mixer, beat butter and shortening until smooth. Add in melted chocolate chips and cocoa powder, mixing until smooth. Alternate mixing in powdered sugar and milk until you’ve reached your desired consistency. Add in vanilla and mix once more. 
  • Spread 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate buttercream over each cookie. Arrange candy decorations to make a cat- candy corns for the eyes, chocolate chips for the ears, round chocolate candy for the nose and pull-apart licorice ropes for the whiskers.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container.

Butter with a Side of Bread

Jessica Williams is a mother to five children – yes, five – with her elementary school sweetheart (they met in second grade!). In a busy household with many very different personalities, cooking to please all can be difficult. This led Jessica to create simple dishes with common ingredients, where she can then add a unique drizzle or dash of spice, cross her fingers and hope her family enjoys it! Join Jessica as she balances family and food, while sharing tips and ideas from experiences along the way.

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