How to make it

  • Beat the butter and sugar till fluffy and light.
  • Add the salt + vanilla essence and beat for 30 seconds.
  • With a spatula mix in the beaten egg.
  • Put in all the flour in one go, and gather together to make a firm dough.
  • Chill for at least 30 minutes in wrap.
  • Preheat the oven to 190deg C. Keep 4 cookie sheets ready with baking parchment (I use aluminium foil).
  • Roll out to ¼ inch thickness and cut with assorted cookie cutters. Place them on the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Cut out smaller shapes into the cookies.
  • Fill these smaller cut-outs with small amounts of crushed hard-boiled candy. I've used 'poppins' which we get in a roll in different colours. If you wish to hang them, make small holes on top of each cookie with a straw.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, watching closely so that they don’t get too brown. You will see the candy melting and bubbling.
  • Remove from oven; spread the candy around with a wodden pick if the cavity is not filled completely. Let the cookies lay on the sheet for a minute. Carefully remove to racks & cool. I usually cut around the foil on each cookie, & peel it off once the cookie is cool. These cookies are quite fragile when hot/warm.
  • This recipe makes approximately 4 dozen 3" cookies.

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