My roommate’s mom cut this out of a Bloomington-Normal IL paper (maybe the Pantagraph?) and sent it to him to try. I came home from errands today to find him midway through the recipe. He thought it was too fussy to play with (it was) and he let me finish up making the cookies. The dough is tasty but the melted hard candy isn’t that great. We’ll probably use these as ornaments!
Stained Glass Cookies
By December 2, 2012Published:
My roommate's mom cut this out of a Bloomington-Normal IL paper (maybe the Pantagraph?) and sent it to him to try. I came home from …
- 1 cup brightly colored hard candies like Jolly Ranchers or Life Savers
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- Put unwrapped hard candies in a plastic zipper bag and seal. Wrap bag in a dishtowel and pound with a hammer until the candy is broken into small bits. Set aside, by color.
- Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Wash your hands! Combine butter, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl with a fork. In a separate small bowl, beat egg with fork. Add to butter mixture. Stir in flour. Squeeze and kneed mixture together with your hands to form dough. If dough feels sticky, add a little more flour.
- Roll dough into really thin ropes - 1/4 inch thick. Make shapes on foil. Ideas: bells, trees, ornaments, candy canes and stars.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 4 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven. Carefully put a layer of candy pieces inside the outlines of the cookie. The candy will melt and spread! Bake again until candy is just melted and dough is light brown, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Let cookies stand until complete cool, about 30 minutes. Don't cheat on this or they will crack. Peel foil off backs of cookies.
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