Heart shaped cookies with a middle of melted, hard candies.
INGREDIENTS (for 9 servings):
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 cup crushed peppermint hard candies
Cream together butter or margarine, shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients (except candy) and mix well. Dough will be greasy.
Using a floured surface and rolling pin, roll out dough. Cut out 2 inch heart shaped cookies. Using a 1 inch heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out a smaller heart in the middle of the larger one. Put cookies on a foil lined cookie sheet.
Inside of cut-out heart, sprinkle crushed candy crumbs (such as red life savers or candy canes). Spread the crumbs to the inside edges of the cookie.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degees C) for 10-12 minutes. When cookes have cooled, remove from sheets. The cookie can be frosted if you desire.