Stained Glass Cookies

stained glass cookies

From December 20, 2005:  Here’s another cookie I baked for holiday gift baskets.  I think I got the recipe from www.foodtv.com.  This was a more labor intensive cookie with the rolling out and cutting of the dough and placing candy inside the small cutouts of the cookie.  If you don’t have a stand mixer (I don’t), a hand mixer works just fine.  The sugar cookie dough was excellent…tender, buttery, and flaky.  I think I will use it for my next batch of sugar cookies.  Be careful when biting into these….don’t break a tooth on the hard candy.

Stained Glass Cookies

1 cup sugar
2 sticks butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
Assorted brightly colored, hard candies
1 (2 to 3 inch) star cookie cutter
1 small triangle cookie cutter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the sugar and butter until smooth. Add the egg and the vanilla extract. Mix in the flour. Remove the dough from the mixer and press into a rectangular shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Remove from the refrigerator and cut dough into 1/3. Roll out dough, 1 piece at a time to a 3/16-inch thickness. Cut out as many large stars as possible. Repeat with all of the dough. Cut a small triangle out of each the arms on each star. Place the hard candy, by color, into small plastic bags. Place a towel over the bags and crush the candy with a meat mallet. Place all of the cookies on parchment lined sheet pans. In each of the triangle holes, fill with different colors of crushed hard candy. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown, and the candy has melted.

Yield: approximately 4 dozen cookies

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