Sunday, December 12, 2010

Stained Glass Cookies

We love holiday baking around here.

This year, we tried some new recipes.
One was for stained glass cookies.

You start with a regular sugar cookie dough:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Assorted brightly colored, hard candies


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the sugar and butter until smooth. Add the egg and the vanilla extract. Mix in the flour. Remove the dough from the mixer. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

While dough is in fridge, unwrap hard candies and place in a ziploc bag.  Take a meat mallet and use the side (the points will puncture the bag and make a mess) and whack the candy in the bag a few times to break up the pieces.

Remove from the refrigerator and cut dough into 1/3. Roll out dough, 1 piece at a time to a 3/16-inch thickness.  Cut in desired shape with cookie cutter.

Place cut shapes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Take a smaller cookie cutter, or a knife and cut out center of ornament.  
Sprinkle crushed candy in center of cookie.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until all candy is melted (a few times I checked the cookies and added a little more candy if it seemed like there were holes).  After you take out of oven, let cool for a few minutes and then remove parchment from cookie sheet.  Allow cookies to cool on parchment on racks.  Once cookies have hardened, remove from parchment and ENjoy!