Stained Glass Cookies
I’ve always been enchanted by stained glass. I love way the sun hits the patchwork colors and makes everything around it more beautiful. Who couldn’t use a dose of that this holiday season? These stained glass cookies couldn’t be easier to make and are a great way to channel your inner Picasso.
you will need:
-store-bought cookie dough (I used gingerbread) or your favorite cookie dough recipe
-colored hard candies
-a mallet or hammer
-a cookie sheet
1. Preheat oven to 325. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit your cookie sheet. With a pencil, draw your designs onto the parchment. Simple lines and circles are easiest and make sure to leave plenty of open space for your “glass”. You can also use a cookie cutter that has graduated cut-outs. Make dark lines and flip the parchment paper over if you plan on eating the cookies (so you don’t get pencil lead on them!).
2. Place candies in individual baggies by color, close tightly and crush with a mallet or hammer.
3. Take a small amount of dough at a time and roll it into little log-strips with your hands, about 1/8 inch thick.
4. Take the strips of dough and place them on the lines you made on the parchment.
5. Continue following your lines, making sure to pinch any seams together.
6. When you complete your designs, bake the cookies for about 2-3 minutes, just to set.
7. Remove the cookie tray from the oven and fill the center of your cookies with the crushed candies. They can get pretty sticky so it’s helpful to have a damp towel nearby.
8. When you are done filling all of your cookies, place the sheet pan back in the oven for 5-7 minutes until the candies are melted and smooth.
9. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool completely before you peel them off the parchment. The cookies will usually have some little air bubbles you can string some fishing line or thread through if you wish to display.
* if you are planning on displaying the cookies you can try adding a shellac or decoupage paint over them to assist in preservation.