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Spring Blossoms

Servings: Makes 4 dozen cookies
The pastel mint adds a hint of spring to this traditional butter cookie.

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks/6oz/170g) butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
48 mint meltaway candies

Combine 1 cup sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking soda and salt. Beat until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate until firm (30 minutes).

Heat oven to 375 degrees F/190 degrees C. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in remaining sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until very light golden brown. Remove from oven; immediately press 1 mint candy in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets; cool completely.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Date: March 14, 2006