Magic Window Cookies

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 rolls ring shaped hard candy

Beat sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm. Heat oven to 375º. Cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Roll one-third of dough at a time 1/8″ thick on lightly floured, cloth covered surface. Cut into desired shapes. Place 1″ on foil. Cut out designs from cookies, using smaller cutters or your own patterns. Place whole or partially crushed pieces of candy in cutouts, depending on size and shape of design, mixing colors as desired.

Bake 7 – 9 minutes or until cookies are very light brown and candy is melted. If candy has not completely spread within cutout design, immediately spread with knife. Cool completely on foil. Remove cookies gently.

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