Bumblebees

1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. shortening
1/3 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 c. honey
1 egg
1 3/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
8 dozen pretzel sticks
8 dozen pretzel twists

Mix together the first five ingredients in bowl on medium to low speed or stir by hand. Gradually add flour, baking soda and powder. Cover and refrigerate until firm, approximately two hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Form chilled dough into 1 inch balls (note, mixture will be sticky). On an ungreased baking sheet, place 2 pretzel twists side-by-side with the bottoms (resembling the wings) touching. Put ball of dough on center of pretzels and slightly flatten. Snap two pretzel sticks in half and press three of them gently into dough to resemble stripes on bee. Break the remaining pretzel piece in half. Put pieces into end of shaped dough for antennae. Bake for 12 minutes until light brown. Remove immediately to wire rack.

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