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Cookies for Christmas: It’s Magic

If you have kids or are one at heart, here’s an afternoon’s pleasant occupation.

Magic Window Cookies

Preheat to 375°F


3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla or 1/2 tsp lemon extract
2 1/2 cups flour (any type you usually bake with)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 packages clear-colored Life Savers candy
1 drinking straw

Cream butter, sugar, eggs, extract.

Mix, then blend in flour, powder, salt.

Chill 1 hour to overnight.

Crush candies, keeping colors separate.

Roll 1/8″ thick and cut shapes, then cut areas from the center of each.

Transfer cookies to tin foil-lined baking sheets. Fill the interior hole with crushed candy. Each Life Saver adequately fills a quarter-sized hole.

Use the straw to make a hole near the top of each cookie. After baking, add a ribbon if you intend to hang these cookies on your tree on in your windows.

Bake 7 – 9 minutes, let cool, then peel the foil from the cookies.