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March 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM

I made these cookies one year and it was loads of fun. I also have done this as a salt dough ornament that we used to hang it in the window.

Stained Glass Cookies

From Yankee MagazineDecember 2006

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 20 hard candies (such as Jolly Ranchers or LifeSavers), preferably in several flavors

Heat oven to 375°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (aluminum foil may be used, but parchment paper works better with these cookies).

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add molasses and vanilla extract, mixing until incorporated. Add egg and mix until light and smooth, about 1 minute on medium speed. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder over mixture; then, using a rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into mixture. Use electric mixer to blend just until flour is incorporated. Divide dough in half and flatten into two disks. Wrap one disk in waxed paper and refrigerate while you work with the other disk. (Dough may be made up to this point and refrigerated up to 2 days.)

Place disk between two large sheets of waxed paper and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut dough into desired shapes, such as stars, snowflakes, diamonds, or circles. Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets, about 1/2 inch apart. Using a smaller cookie cutter or a knife, cut shapes into centers of cookies, reserving these center bits to add into extra dough. (You may also roll dough into long, thin ropes to make shapes. Do this on the baking sheets so you don't have to transfer the dough.)

Remove any wrappers on candies and separate them by color into plastic bags. Using a mallet or the side of a rolling pin, crush candies. (Note: If you use a wooden rolling pin, the candies may dent the wood.) Use a spoon to sprinkle the crushed candy into the hollowed-out centers of the cookies, filling to the edges. You can mix colors for a mottled effect.

If cookies will be hung as ornaments or decorations, poke a small hole in the top of each cookie before baking. (Once cookies have cooled, thread string or festive ribbons through holes.)

Bake 9 to 10 minutes. The candy should be melted and bubbling and the cookies just barely beginning to brown and firm to the touch. Remove baking sheets from oven and place on wire racks to cool. Allow cookies to cool on pans at least 10 minutes; otherwise, the candy centers may separate from the dough. When cookies are completely cooled, remove and store in an airtight container.


  • Hannahsmommy816
    March 25, 2013 at 6:56 PM

     i've done this before, turned out okay!

  • MamaMandee
    March 25, 2013 at 8:06 PM
  • mamivon2
    March 25, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    oh cool.. do you have pics you can share

  • rbailey2414
    March 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    sounds neat! Would love to see a pic ;)

  • bwsmommy
    March 26, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    I wanna see a pic someone !! Hurry make these and post a pic !

  • artistmom27
    March 26, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    I will get the supplies and make a fresh batch tomorrow, sadly my old ones got destroyed in the move.

    Quoting bwsmommy:

    I wanna see a pic someone !! Hurry make these and post a pic !

  • PoehlerBear1983
    March 26, 2013 at 5:25 AM
  • mrswillie
    March 26, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    We use to make stained glass cookies

  • wandep
    by wandep
    March 26, 2013 at 7:36 AM


  • SassyWildflower
    March 26, 2013 at 8:24 AM
    Neat tfs

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