One of my Christmas memories as a child is making stained glass cookies with my mom and then hanging them on our Christmas tree. Stained Glass Cookies look beautiful on a tree or hanging in a window, and, of course, they make a delicious treat.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE STAINED GLASS COOKIES
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favorite sugar cookie recipe
crushed hard candies (I used a variety of YumEarth Organic Lollipops)
large cookie cutter (I used the circular top of a martini glass)
smaller cookie cutter (I used a christmas tree like these)
HOW TO MAKE STAINED GLASS COOKIES
Crush up the hard candies. I put mine in a plastic bag and crushed them with a meat tenderizer.
Roll out sugar cookie dough on a floured surface and use the larger cookie cutter first, then use the smaller cookie cutter in the center. Place on a cookie tray covered in parchment paper (no need to grease the tray). Sprinkle a small amount of crushed candies in the center of each cookie. Make a small hole at the top of each cookie using a knife or skewer.
Bake for the specified amount of time in your cookie recipe. If you have an oven light this is the perfect opportunity to turn it on and let you kids watch the transformation of the candies. “Look, what’s happening! The candies looked bumpy outside of the oven, but now they are smooth. Why is that happening?”
Take the cookies out of the oven and cool until the candy middle is hard. Thread a ribbon or fishing wire through the hole in each cookie and then hang at a sunny window or on your Christmas tree or… gobble them up!