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Dec 162014

Stain Glass Cookies


These stained glass cookies are Christmas Tree ornaments and cookies all in one. For kids it’s a cookie and candy all in one! For the Baker, these look like art and yet are simple to make. And when they are hung on the tree, the light penetrating through them looks magical. Hence, this was my choice for the Cookie Exchange. I wanted to make something that would make everyone happy. After all, Happiness is synonymous  with Holidays.  These cookies make me look good!

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Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies


  • 1 C unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 C cup sugar Plus more for sprinkling on top
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • Jolly Rancher Candies in different flavors and colors


  1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla; beat until mixed in, scraping down side of bowl often. Add flour and mix on low speed until dough comes together in a ball.
  2. Divide the dough in three equal portions. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 1 hours .
  3. Heat oven to 375 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Crush the candies in blender or mortar and pestle. Keep each color separate.
  5. Remove one piece of dough from the refrigerator and roll out dough 1/8-inch thick. Cut out dough with cookie cutter. Cut out center of each cookie with another smaller cutter. Transfer to prepared baking sheets.
  6. Carefully fill the cutouts with candy. Sprinkle cookies with some sugar. Bake at 375 F until cookies are firm and Browned at the base. About 8 minutes.
  7. Repeat with the entire dough.




  14 Responses to “Stained Glass Cookies”

Comments (13)
  1. I remember making these as a kid – such fond memories

  2. What beautiful cookies! Don’t you just love Cookie Exchanges? They are such a nice way to get in the holiday mood!

  3. These look so pretty! Not to mention delish. 😉 Very clever — thanks. And I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  4. Holidays are synonymous with happiness for most of us. And if I made cookies like your stained (Jolly Rancher candy middle) variety I would be very happy! Very impressive indeed.

    Question: Do you have a VitaMix blender? (Wondering if my regular blender could handle crushing Jolly Ranchers.)

  5. These are beautiful! I think my son would have such fun seeing how the candy melts to make the stained glass. We’ll give it a try next week.

  6. This is good!

  7. What a clever idea! Using Jolly Rancher is genius! Pinned!

  8. These are so pretty! What a great idea! 🙂

  9. Gosh Ansh I haven’t thought of stained glass cookies in years but these are gorgeous. We actually used to poke a needle hole in the top and string a few up on our tree as kids. Thanks for the sweet memory!

  10. Oh my goodness these are so pretty!!


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