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Stained Glass Heart Cutout Cookies

 Stained Glass Heart Cutout Cookies
Field editor Dixie Terry from Goreville, Illinois suggests these delicious and festive-looking cookies with a "stained glass" heart in the center.
18 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup crushed clear red hard candy
  • 1 cup vanilla frosting, optional
  • 4 drops red food coloring, optional

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating
  • well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and baking
  • powder; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for
  • 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness.
  • Cut with a 4-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter dipped in flour. Cut out
  • centers with a 1-1/4-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter; set aside to
  • reroll. Place cookies 1 in. apart on lightly greased foil-lined
  • baking sheets. Fill centers with crushed candy.
  • Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until candy is melted and edges
  • of cookies begin to brown. Cool completely on baking sheets.

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Stained Glass Heart Cutout Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Carefully peel cookies off foil. If desired, combine frosting and
  • food coloring; pipe around edges. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 151 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 81 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.