Stained glass cookies

Ingredients:

  • a package of sugar cookies
  • aluminum foil
  • some colorful hard candies
  • waxed paper
  • rolling pin
  • cookies cutters

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Prepare sugar cookie recipe as directed.
3. Shape sugar cookie dough in a disk, wrap in wax paper and chill in fridge for about 1-2 hours so it’s firm and easy to work with.
4. While chilling dough in fridge, prep baking sheet by lining your cookie sheet with aluminum foil.**note: Smooth out all wrinkles and creases to make foil as flat/smooth as possible to avoid wrinkles in your cookies. It is not recommended to use wax paper to bake on, as the wax could rub off on food, and smoke in oven. that’s why you should use aluminum foil, and the reason you bake the cookies on the foil is because you don’t want your hard candy to stick to your cookie sheet when it melts/re-hardens. It will be very hard to get off the metal cookie sheet.
5. While dough is still chilling, take your hard candies, separate them into baggies by color, and crush them using a mallet or other hard object for crushing. They don’t have to be super-fine, but try to crush them as best you can.
5. After at least an hour, remove dough from refrigerator, lightly flour wax paper to avoid sticking and roll your sugar cookie dough out to approx. 1/4 inch thick. *note: Some people find it easier to sandwich your dough between two sheets of wax paper before rolling dough out.
6. Using cookie cutters (any shape you like) begin cutting your cookie shapes.
7. After shapes are cut, transfer to cookie sheet and then use a smaller cookie cutter or a knife and cut out smaller shapes within the shaped cookie. (these will be your window holes) Get creative on this part. If doing heart shaped cookies, cut a smaller heart shaped window, if doing butterflies, cut windows in each wing, If doing flower shapes, cut a hole in each petal for multiple windows, etc.
8. Using a spoon, sprinkle your crushed candy into each hole, filling it from the center all the way to the edges of the window. *note, try to stay within the lines of the window, reaching to the edge but not getting any crushed candy on the actual cookie, as this will dye your cookie in the baking process. **NOTE 2: When spreading crushed candy, you can add a couple colors to one window. just try to line them up next to eachother so the colors meet without overlapping.
9. Bake 6-9 minutes or until cookies are lightly brown and candy has melted and molded in center of cookie.
10. Cool in pan before attempting to remove. Cool until candy has hardened and then remove from pan. *Note: Do not try to remove cookies before candy has hardened up or else the glass windows will crack and/or separate from the cookie.

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