At Christmas time I let J look through my cookbooks and pick a cookie for us to bake. He fell in love with the Magic Window Cookies in the Betty Crocker’s New Christmas Cookbook. Cookies with a candy center, who could blame him? All we had in the house were starlight mints, but we just dropped them in a baggie, whacked them with a hammer to break them up a bit and we were good to go.
You can use any outer shape and any inner shape to specialize them for any holiday:
- hearts for Valentine’s day
- stars for Christmas or 4th of July
- ovals with a few pieces of different color candies for Easter eggs
- circles for Olympic rings
- any other shape for “just because they are fun to make and eat”
He insisted that we use a circle outer cookie and star inner shape because that was what was in the picture. And, of course, he wanted to use the largest biscuit cutter I have. The proportions were a bit off, but he was happy. Ideally you want about a 3″ outer shape and a 1 – 1 1/2″” inside. If you don’t have any small cookie cutters you can just cut them out with a sharp knife – this would be an adult or at least a big kid job.
When I remade them for Valentine’s Day we had actual “ring-shaped candies” leftover from his Christmas stocking and they are thin enough to melt before the cookies overcook so you don’t need to break them. But, if they are already broken, that is fine too.
One word of caution: LINE THE COOKIE SHEETS! I guess that is 4 words. But, this is not an option for these cookies. When you remove the cookies from the oven the candy will still be liquid but it will harden quickly. You will lose all of the candy if you remove the candy before it hardens, but once it hardens you will need an ice pick or a long hot soak to get it off. I lost a whole dozen! Aluminum foil or parchment paper will peel off the back and you will be fine
Until next time, happy eating.