Stained Glass Cookies

6 Jul

We had a 4th of July BBQ this weekend and I volunteered to bring desserts.  I knew I wanted to make something festive and delicious so I decided on stained glass cookies (and a few other things, but I’ll save those for a future post!)  I’ve seen these on numerous blogs, though I think initially on this one, so it was just a matter of mixing and matching what worked for me.

Here’s the version that I went with. 

Stained Glass Cookies

1 cup white sugar
2 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of butter (softened)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cookie cutters- one big and one medium size (I used a large circle and a smaller star)
red and blue jolly ranchers (I ended up using about 15 of them)

Cream together the sugar and butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, then stir in the flour, salt, and baking powder.  Cover the dough and chill for an hour, or up to overnight. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  On a floured surface, roll out your dough until it’s about 1/4 or 1/2 inch thick. 

Cut out circles and place them on a cookie sheet.  I greased mine instead of using parchment paper which may have been a mistake. The cookies stuck to all my pans (and got ruined) except my nice expensive one so next time I think I’d use paper.  Your call!

Once you have your circles on the cookie sheet, go ahead and cut out your stars. 

Next, take the wrappers off your Jolly Ranchers and put them in ziploc bags (reds in one bag, blue in another)  Then smash them into tiny pieces.  This is easier said than done so it helps to have a sous chef do this while you roll out the dough 🙂

Fill the center of your cookies with crushed candy.  Be careful not to get any candy on the cookie or it will discolor it.  You want a decent amount of candy in there, so it should create a little dome in the middle.  That way when it melts it will fill the entire middle.

Bake the cookies for 5-7 minutes (mine took 5) until the candy is hot and bubbly and the cookies are just beginning to brown.  Let them cool completely before you careful take them off the pans.

And voila- the most patriotic cookies ever.   Plus they are delicious!

Truth time- these cookies were a hit at the BBQ but they were kind of a pain to make.  Perhaps it was the fact that it was 93 degrees out and my apt has no air conditioning (add to that a tiny kitchen and a hot stove…) and nothing was easy.  The jolly ranchers stuck together because of the heat and I had to wait for the dough to warm up a little because it got too cold next to the vent in the fridge.

So my advice to you would be save yourself some trouble and buy premade sugar cookie dough.  Then you can just use your cookie cutters and skip to the fun part! 

The cool thing about these cookies is you can customize the colors to holidays, graduation parties, baby showers, etc. The sky’s the limit!   And they really are very tasty so go ahead and make them- you’ll wow all your friends!


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