Crush the candy canes in food processor until powdery, with a few shards. Set aside.
To make the dough, cream butter, vanilla and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Gradually add flour and blend until a dough forms into the size of peas.
In a small bowl use a fork to combine 1/2 cup of the crushed candy canes and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
To make the filling, use the electric mixer to combine cream cheese, milk, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and 6 tablespoons of the candy cane/powdered sugar mixture you just made in a small mixing bowl.
Form the dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Using parchment paper on the cookie sheet gives best results, and also helps with cleanup. Make a “well” in the center of each cookie using your finger. Smooth out any large cracks in the cookie. Carefully spoon the cream cheese mixture into the well, just to the top. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
Cool for about 4-5 minutes, and then roll each cookie in the candy cane/powdered sugar mixture while still warm.
You can also use a mini-muffin tin for these cookies. Press the 1” ball gently into tin, then follow the same directions except bake them for 13-14 minutes.
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