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
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.