Times-tested cookies perfect for holiday giving.

photoCandy Cane Crisps

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1-1/4 cups powdered sugar, divided
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes, divided

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and 1 cup powdered sugar until creamy; beat in vanilla. In another bowl, stir together flour, oats and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, blending thoroughly. Add 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies; mix until well-combined. Roll dough into 3/4-inch balls, then roll in remaining 1/4 powdered cup sugar to coat.

Place balls about 2 inches apart on greased and floured baking sheets. Flatten cookies with fork, making a crisscross pattern with fork tines. Sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon crushed peppermint candies. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets 2 to 3 minutes; transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight containers.

Makes about 48.

Times testing notes: These cookies taste like Christmas to us, thanks to the peppermint. Get your hammer out, though. It’ll take some elbow grease to smash the mints.

Source: www.christmas-cookies.com.

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