Stained Glass Cookies are a delicious, beautiful, and easy to make holiday cookie. Soft, buttery cookie dough, rolled out and cut into holiday shapes, then filled with melted candies so they look like stained glass.
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Besides looking beautiful on a holiday cookie platter, stained glass cookies are a great way to get your kids into the kitchen for some holiday baking. They make great holiday food gifts, either to eat, or to hang as ornaments on a Christmas tree!
Part of the magic of the Christmas season for me is enjoying it through the eyes of children. Their wide-eyed awe the first time they experience snow, or the way they giggle with glee when they see a Christmas tree all lit up. Their little hearts are filled with so much happiness, that it becomes contagious to everyone around them!
Creating stained glass cookies, and holiday baking in general, give me a similar heart full of happiness.
Making these delicious Christmas cookies couldn’t be any easier, which is why this is a great project to let kids help with. The most difficult part is finding patience to wait while the dough firms up in the refrigerator.
Start with a basic cut-out cookie recipe. You can make them with butter cookie dough, shortbread, gingerbread, or even plain sugar cookie dough. Make things even more convenient, using refrigerated sugar cookie dough if you want to!
You can use any cookie cutter shape that you’d like, but keep in mind that you’ll need to find a similar shape, in a smaller size, to create the stained glass portion. Since it’s easy to find various sizes of star shaped cookie cutters, that’s what I used.
After you have cut out the basic shape and removed the inner portion, chill the dough so that the shapes don’t spread during baking. That’s a great time to crush up the Jolly Rancher candies to place into the center of the stained glass cookies. Kids can definitely help with this!
To create the “glass” for the stained glass cookies:
Place 6-8 pieces of a single color of candy into a gallon sized plastic bag. Make sure that the bag is completely sealed, then cover it with a dish cloth and use a rolling pin or meat mallet to hit the bag, crushing the candies. Don’t crush them too finely – you want tiny shards of candy, not a fine powder. Repeat this step for each color you want to use.
Remove the cut-out cookies from the refrigerator and let your oven preheat while you place the crushed candies into the centers of your cut-outs. Use a toothpick or small knife to push the candy into any tight corners.
After you remove the cookies from the oven, keep little fingers far away from them, because the center of the stained glass cookies will be very hot for a few minutes.
I hope that you and the kids in your life enjoy making these stained glass cookies!
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