Cinnamon-Candy Cookies Recipe
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Cinnamon-Candy Cookies Recipe

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I was trying to make a unique Christmas cookie inspired by my brother's love of Red Hots. I used the candies in these lace-like cookies for cinnamon flavor. —Wendy Rusch, Trego, WI
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min/batch
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min/batch
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 2/3 cup Red Hots
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or cinnamon extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk


  1. Place Red Hots in a food processor; process until fine and powdery. Add flour; pulse to combine.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat flour mixture into creamed mixture.
  3. Shape into two 8-in. rolls; wrap each roll in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2-in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges are just light brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, extract, salt and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Decorate cookies as desired.
  6. Freeze option: Place wrapped logs in resealable plastic freezer bags; return to freezer. To use, unwrap frozen logs and cut into slices. If necessary, let dough stand a few minutes at room temperature before cutting. Prepare, bake and decorate cookies as directed. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Cinnamon-Candy Cookies in Cookies & Candies Bookazine 2015, p76

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mrsk6770 User ID: 8643650 238620
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"Delicious! A light crispy alternative to the usual holiday treats. Destined to become a holiday tradition in our family! I used almond extract in this recipe and it was amazing!"

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