I think these just might be the prettiest cookies ever. I have had this recipe filed in my recipe box for almost 4 years…a mother of one of our first grade students made them for the Valentines party at school. I thought they were beautiful and begged her for the recipe. But this is the first time I have ever made them!
These cookies are fun to eat because of the two contrasting textures–soft, chewy cookie and hard, sweet candy. However, I wouldn’t give them to very young children because of the hard candy center.
5. Cut out the cookies with a large cookie cutter. Use a spatula to transfer the shapes to the baking sheet, leaving about an inch between the cookies. Remove the center of the cookies with a very small cookie cutter.
6. Place a Jolly Rancher (or other hard candy) in the center of each cookie and bake until the cookies start to turn a light brown around the edges and the candy is melted, about 8 to 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to waxed paper covered cooling racks to cool completely.
|To use the suckers, I just tapped them gently with a meat tenderizer to break it (while still in the wrapper) and then opened the wrapper and poured into the hole.|
To prevent sticking, line your serving plate with waxed paper and place additional waxed paper between layers.
Aren’t they pretty? Enjoy!