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Ingredients

Sugar-Cookie Dough:
Decorations:

Directions

Prepare dough:
  • In large bowl, with mixer on medium, beat butter, cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla 3 minutes. With wooden spoon, stir in flour until mixture is blended and dough forms. Divide dough into two balls, and flatten into disks. Cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.

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  • Place hard candies in resealable plastic bag and crush into small pieces.

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  • Heat oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with foil. Between two sheets of wax paper, roll one disk to 1/4-inch thickness. Remove top sheet of wax paper. Invert dough onto prepared baking sheet, and remove wax paper. On sheet of wax paper, trace outline of a bird, and use it as a template. Cut bird-shaped cookies, 1 inch apart. Cut pear-shaped hole in center of bird. Repeat with remaining dough.

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  • Bake cookies until firm, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spoon crushed candies into pear cutouts, filling to same thickness as cookies.

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  • Bake cookies 3 to 4 minutes more, or until candies have melted. Cool cookies completely on baking sheets. Using thin metal spatula, carefully remove cookies from foil.

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  • Using the brown decorating icing, pipe a dot for bird's eye. Flatten orange chewy candy; cut and shape into beak. Stick to partridge with icing.

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