Cookie cutters of 2 sizes (the smaller cutters should
be 1/4 to 1/2 inch smaller than the larger)
Lifesavers (red, green, butter rum and orange show up well)
Mix shortening, sugar, eggs and flavoring. Blend in flour, baking powder and
salt. Cover and chill at least one hour.
Roll dough 1/8 inch thick and cut out cookies with larger cutters. Place cookies
on baking sheet that has been covered with foil. Then use small cutters to cut out
a section from the cookie (small bell shape within larger bell, etc.).
Crush candy into small pieces and fill in cut-out areas, making sure there is
enough crushed candy to spread into corners. (When first making this, try just a
few cookies first to find the right amount of crushed candy to use. Too much will
bleed over onto dough.) Make hole in top of each cookie with plastic straw.
at 375 degrees F for 7 to 9 minutes or until dough is light brown and candy has
melted. (If candy does not completely cover center of cookie, spread candy out quickly
while still soft with a metal spatula.)
Cool completely on baking sheet and remove
gently. String with ribbon for hanging.
Makes about 70 cookies.
When hanging on Christmas tree, place cookie in front of lights for a stained-glass
effect. Different colored candies can be mixed together or only one color used for
different effects. Cookies also look festive on dowel tree for kitchen decoration.
Heart-shaped cookies make cute Valentines.