Prep 30 mins
Cook 12 mins
Lovely gems for the holidays
- 1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine, softened
- 3⁄4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1⁄2 cups sifted flour
- 1⁄2 cup hard peppermint candy, finely crushed
- 1 ounce cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon milk
- 1 drop red food coloring
- 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar, sifted and divided
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have baking sheets ready.
- To make cookie: beat butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer until smooth. On low speed, gradually beat in flour. Chill 30 minutes or until firm.
- To make filling: mix candy and 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar. Mix cream cheese and milk until smooth. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of candy mixture, and 1 drops food coloring.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Make deep hole in the center of each ball using fingertip or handle of a wooden spoon. Fill each hole with 1/4 teaspoon of the filling. (I find the easiest way to do this is with a pastry bag) Bake 12 to 14 minutes until set, but not brown (do not let filling bubble over top of cookies). Roll in remaining candy mixture while still hot. Cool on wire racks.
These are some of my favorite cookies! I do have a problem with the filling though. It tends to dissolve into the cookie. I save any left over filling and smear it on when I eat them. If anyone has a way around this let me know. My picture is with the extra filling. It had a hole in it where the filling "disappeared" and I filled that with leftover frosting.
These were very easy to make, but I ended up with lots of extra filling. Once I tasted the cookies, I knew they would have been better with more. Next time, I will make a deep thumb hole and add twice as much filling - big hit though!
I was leafing through my 1973 Good Housekeeping Cook Book and I found this recipe with the word "good" scrawled next to it. So apparently sometime over the last 25 to 30 years, I made this recipe and liked it. It's a slightly different format and with some minor variations (little less flour & powdered sugar) but essentially the same. I was going to enter the recipe but I'll just save this one instead! It also says to sprinkle the baked cookies with the leftover crushed candies as opposed to rolling the cookies in them.