Substitute packed brown sugar for the granulated sugar. Decrease vanilla to 1/2 teaspoon.
Stir in 1/4 cup cut-up candied cherries, 1/4 cup chopped nuts and, if desired, 6 to 8 drops red food color.
Stir in 1/3 cup coarsely crushed hard peppermint candies or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.
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