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These delicious butter and candy cookies are so good you may not want to hang them up. In fact, why not just enjoy them with a nice glass of milk? Whatever holidays you celebrate this time of year, you can make these cookies to match with appropriate cookie cutters and colored candies. What could be more fun for kids than cookies that have candy in them? And they can smash the daylights out of some candy, too!

What you'll need:
Butter cookie recipe
10-12 ounces of colored hard candies (such as sour balls or LifeSavers)
Zip-top bags (number depends on how many colors of candy you choose to use)
Rolling pin
Dishtowel or two
Cookie cutters
1-2 toothpaste tube tops, washed carefully with soap and water
Parchment paper
Cookie sheets

What you'll do:

  • Make the cookie dough according to the recipe and refrigerate it. You may make it one to two days in advance and keep it in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it. This recipe makes eight dozen cookies. Feel free to halve the recipe, or, simply wrap the portion of the dough you don't use in wax paper and then put it in a labeled zip-top bag in the freezer. This way you'll have butter cookie dough whenever you need it next. (Thaw the dough in the refrigerator before using.)
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Separate the candies into piles according to color and then put each color into its own zip-top bag. Wrap the bag in a dishtowel and let your little ones smash the daylights out of it with a rolling pin. (Okay, maybe they should be a bit gentler than that, especially if their little brother is standing inches away!) Regardless, the object of the smashing is to break the candies into small pieces so they melt quickly in the oven. They shouldn't be powder, just small pieces.

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