i used no name hard candies, the orig used suckers and jolly ranchers.
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and gradually add the sugar. Beat in the egg until evenly mixed, then add the vanilla extract and salt.
Stir the flour into the creamed ingredients, about one third at a time, until evenly blended.
Divide the dough in half. Flatten each portion into a disk and seal in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. You could skip this step...it will just take a little more effort to roll the dough out.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and spray with Pam. Between two sheets of waxed paper lightly dusted with flour, roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper. This makes for easy clean up.
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.
Place a 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.