Stained Glass Cookies

We all have that desire to create something fun that everyone notices. I've seen pictures of awesome cookies with clear, color centers and really wanted to make them. Not just for me to use, but for entertaining, too. I thought my kids would think they're awesome! They love to help and to them, this type of project is almost magical because the end result is so "cool."

These cookies are great for table decorations and cookie exchanges. You can even create ornaments with them. Hang or place them near light and they look amazing! And, like I said, kids think they are the coolest thing ever and everyone will want to know how you made them!

Enjoy!
Mandi

Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

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Stained Glass Cookies

Ingredients

Directions

Sort candies by color. Unwrap and place each color in a different resealable plastic bag. Seal the bags and place on a durable surface such as an old cutting board. Use a rubber mallet or rolling pin to break the candies into small pieces. Repeat until all of the candies are broken. Empty the candy pieces into small bowls. Mix each pound cake mix with ½ cup butter and 1 egg. Mixture will be a bit crumbly. Prep your cookie sheets by covering with foil, then spraying with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350°. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8-inch thickness. Use large cookie cutters to cut the dough into shapes. Use smaller cookie cutters to take out the centers. Place cookies on prepared cookie sheet. Fill the centers with ½ to 1 tsp. crushed candies, being careful not to spill them on the cookie. Bake 7-9 minutes or until the candies melt completely and the cookies look dry and just start to brown. Cool completely; gently peel the cookies off the foil.

Tips and Hints

  • I used a teaspoon to fill the cookie centers with crushed candy. It was easier to work with than a regular spoon.
  • Be sure to cover the cookie sheet with foil and put plenty of cooking spray on it.
  • You'll want to cool the cookies all the way before removing the foil. If you don't, they may break.
  • To use as ornaments, poke small holes in the top of the cookie prior to baking and bake just a little longer. After they cool, put fun ribbon or string on them and hang them up.
  • I used decorator frosting (similar to what you'd assemble a gingerbread house with) and "glued" sucker sticks to the back of some cookies. It made it even more fun for my kids to munch on them.
  • Believe it or not, kids can do this! I baked a couple of pans myself and then I let my 11-year-old and almost 9-year-old take over. They had a blast rolling out the cookies, cutting them and putting the candy in the middle! (I prepared the pans for them and did the baking part.)
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