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Cinnamon-Candy Cookies

I was trying to make a unique Christmas cookie inspired by my brother's love of Red Hots, so I used the candies for cinnamon flavor in these lacelike cookies. —Wendy Rusch, Cameron, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min/batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 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


  • Place Red Hots in a food processor; process until fine and powdery. Add flour; pulse to combine.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Shape into two 8-in. rolls; wrap each roll in waxed paper. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges are just lightly browned, 7-9 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, extract, salt and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Decorate cookies as desired.
  • Freeze option: Place wrapped logs in a freezer container; freeze. To use, unwrap frozen logs and cut into slices. If necessary, let dough stand a few minutes at room temperature before cutting. Bake and decorate cookies as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 98 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Ellen
    Jul 27, 2019

    Note from experience. I'll try these at the holidays, but will be sure to buy Brach's redhots. I use them for a glaze on valentine cookies, and store-brand redhots don't melt the same.

  • randcbruns
    Jan 2, 2017

    These are great crispy and thin with amazing cinnamon flavor. These are great change from the typical holiday cookies. These will be a staple from now on.

  • bevy21
    Dec 12, 2016

    I wanted to love this cookie. It 's different, looks nice but was disappointing. Too flat, too crispy. Tried to back off on the cook time, but then undercooked. I might try to tweak it because the concept of a cinnamon hearts cookie is great, just not what I expected it to be.

  • Zuker
    Dec 8, 2016

    A friend gave me this recipe a while back. I will admit I was a little skeptical about trying it, but it turned out very good and unique. Don't skip the frosting. This cookie definitely adds a unique element to a holiday cookie tray. It will find a place on mine. Worth making. I rated it a 4 because it didn't hit the list of my favorite cookies that I would make routinely to have around the house, but good enough to make for "special" occasions (such as holiday gifts).

  • mrsk6770
    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!