CANDY COOKIES FOR SANTA
Cookie cutters and peppermint candies dress up cookies made with refrigerated sugar cookie dough
- 1 large roll of prepared refrigerated cookie dough
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/8 cup half and half
- 1 cup M&Ms peppermint candy
Slice dough roll in half in the center. Roll out 1/2 of dough on a well floured board with a floured rolling pin and use cookie cutters. Carefully transfer cookies to baking sheets, a metal edged spatula and knife will help this. Re-roll dough and continue to cut out cookies and repeat with other half of dough. Bake cookies as directed, removing them from the oven when the edges just start to brown. Cool on wire racks
Chop M&Ms coarsely with a knife. Melt 1/2 cup white chocolate with 2 T cream for 30 seconds on medium power in the microwave. Stir vigorously with a spoon until it is smooth. White chocolate seizes up quickly so be careful not to overheat. Sometimes a little more cream can save it if it gets grainy. Spread a little melted chocolate with the back of a spoon on each cookie and immediately sprinkle with crushed candy. Repeat with remaining chocolate and cream. Refrigerate cookies for a few minutes to set chocolate and then place cookies in a sealed tub or tin until serving. Can be frozen. Makes about 3 dozen, depending on size of cookie cutters used.