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Cookie Recipes

Peppermint Candy Cookies

1 cup softened butter (butter only)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 lb peppermint candy - crushed fine
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp cream cheese - softened
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp milk

The Dough:
Cream butter (2 sticks), softened (do not substitute margarine or shortening), 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and vanilla together until fluffy. Add the flour and walnuts and blend to form a dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Candy Mixture for Garnish:
In a small bowl combine finely crushed peppermint candy and 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar. Set aside. Three tablespoons of this mixture is used in the filling below and the remainder is used to garnish the cookies.

The Filling:
In a bowl blend together the softened cream cheese, milk, 1 drop of red food coloring, 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar until smooth. Blend in 3 tablespoons of the candy mixture. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and for each cookie pinch off a rounded teaspoon of the dough. Form into a ball and shape the dough around your thumb to make a little compartment in the middle. Place about 1/4 teaspoon of the cream cheese filling in the depression. Pinch the dough back together and roll it back into a ball. Repeat the process with the remaining dough and filling. Place the balls on a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not brown. Remove the cookies to a cooling rack. To garnish, roll the cooled cookies in the remaining candy mixture.

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