3 cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Vegetable cooking spray
Assorted Lifesaver candies
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Beat in dry ingredients. Divide dough in thirds and refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to one week.
Line baking sheets with heavy foil. Spray with cooking spray. Unwrap candies and split by colors. Seal in zip-lock bags and crush with a rolling pin.
Roll out dough to 3/16 of an inch. Cut out cookies then cut out centers with smaller cutters. Place on cookie sheets about 1″ apart. Fill centers with single color candies.
Bake at 350° for 8 min.
These make great decorations but they aren’t very good for eating. A neat idea that doesn’t really work out in practice very well.
A couple of friends have suggested ways to make these better to eat- one suggests using jolly rancher candies instead of life savers and the other suggests using lemon or orange candies. Since both women are great cooks, this is something to try in the future.