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Peppermint Candy Cookies

Author/Submitted by: Frugal Gourmet's Christmas
Servings: 36
Categories: Christmas / Cookies / Desserts

1  cup  butter, softened
1/2  cup  confectioner's sugar
1  teaspoon  vanilla
2 1/2  cups  flour, all-purpose
1/2  cup  walnuts, chopped
    candy mixture
1/4  pound  peppermint candy, crushed
1/2  cup  confectioner's sugar
    The Filling
2  tablespoons  cream cheese, softened
1  teaspoon  milk
1  drop  red food coloring
1/2  cup  confectioner's sugar
3  Tablespoons  candy mixture, see above

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together until fluffy. Add the flour and walnuts and blend to form dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour. Candy mixture: In a small bowl combine both ingredients. Set aside. Three tablespoons of this mixture is used in the filling and the remainder is used to garnish the cookies. The filling: In a bowl blend together the cream cheese, milk, food coloring and the conf. sugar until smooth. Blend in 3 T of the cnady 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 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 nonstick cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 10-12 minutes. Do not brown. Remove cookies to a cooling rack. To garnish, roll the cooled cookies in the remaining candy mixture.

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