These delicious stained glass window cookies are a beautiful sugar cookie filled with hard candies to make a stained glass effect.
I made these stained glass cookies several years ago, and my results weren’t great, even though I shared them here anyway, haha. The results are much better now, and these cookies will be such a delicious, and beautiful treat for the holiday season.
- These cookies are beautiful and are sure to get oohs and ahhs from everyone who sees them.
- The cookies are relatively easy to make, with pantry ingredients.
- The cookies have a delicious buttery vanilla flavor, and have soft centers, with slightly crispy edges.
How to make Stained Glass Cookies?
- Unwrap the Jolly Rancher candies, and separate them by color. Place them into heavy duty zip top bags and crush them with a heavy duty rolling pin or mallet to crush them into fine bits. Set them aside until needed.
- Make the sugar cookie dough by creaming the butter and sugar together until soft. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and stir until combined. Add in the flour, baking powder and salt and stir until you have a nice soft dough.
Tips and Tricks:
- Use a skewer to poke a hole into the cookie dough before baking, then you can string you cookies and turn them into ornaments on the tree.
- Try not to get any candy on the sugar cookie dough as it will make your cookies look extra messy. You also don’t want to fill the holes too thick with the candy pieces as the could overflow.
Welcome to Day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Today we’ve got a lot more delicious Christmas treats and another great giveaway for ya!
I’ve always thought stained glass window cookies were beautiful. A delicious sugar cookie filled with melted hard candies in the middle to make a perfect little colorful “window” to look through. Yet for some reason I never made them before until now.
Some of my cookies didn’t turn out as beautifully as I hoped, so you’ll have to see what works for you. The ones where I added more hard candy pieces oozed over the side of the cookie a little more than I would have liked. And some of the cookies spread more than I would have liked, but they weren’t too hard to make, and I think most of them turned out quite nice.
Stained Glass Window Cookies
|1/2 cup butter|
|1/2 cup sugar|
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 – 2 cups flour
|1/4 tsp salt|
1/2 tsp baking powder
Stained Glass Window Cookies
- 1 pkg sugar cookie dough
- 36 fruit flavored hard candies
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
- Separate your hard candies based on their color. Crush them up in a food processor or a plastic bag with a mallet.
- Roll your sugar cookie dough out to 1/4 of an inch.
- Cut dough into shapes. Cut out the center of each cookie with a smaller cookie cutter or with a knife. (I used a knife for the stars, but 2 circles for the round cookies).
- Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
- Sprinkle pieces of the hard candies into the middles of each cookie, to fill them.
- Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes until cookie just starts to turn golden.
- Allow cookies to cool completely on paper/liner before removing to ensure the candy rehardens.
Enjoy these pretty and tasty Christmas cookies!
Head on over to the other Christmas Week Bloggers for more Holiday Baking Goodies:
- Christmas Fudge by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler by Juanita’s Cocina
- Peanut Butter Cup Fudge by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
- Peanut Brittle by Noshing With The Nolands
- Spiced Cranberry Holiday Margaritas by Pineapple and Coconut
- Turtle Bark by The Girl In The little Red Kitchen
- Peppermint Stick Ice Cream Sauce by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
- Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate by My Catholic Kitchen
- Pomegranate-Ginger Champagne Cocktail by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Kletzenbrot – Christmas Fruit Bread from Tyrol by Masala Herb
- Spiked Butterscotch Hot Chocolate by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Frozen Mint Cookie Pie by The Messy Baker
- Stuffed Nut Roll Cookies by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Irish Cream Tiramisu by Cooking In Stilettos
- Lemon Sandwich Cookies by Try Anything Once Culinary
- Orange Creamsicle Fudge by Home Cooking Memories
- Eggnog and Cranberry Thumbprints by The Dutch Baker’s Daughter