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White House Lawn Overrun With Adorable Small Children For Halloween

President Obama and the first lady welcomed 5,000 trick-or-treaters to their very spooky home.

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Bonus — Here's the recipe for the special White House cookies:

The White House Sweet Dough Butter Cookie Recipe

1 lb Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp Salt

2 lbs Butter

3 lbs All-Purpose Flour

3 Eggs

Mix the butter and sugar till soft and well beaten. Then add eggs, vanilla, salt, and half the flour. Beat on slow speed till mixed, then add the rest of the flour and mix until incorporated.

Push flat onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate overnight. Roll out to one-quarter inch thick and cut out cookie shapes with cookie cutter.

Bake at 350°F for 14 minutes and then allow to cool.

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