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"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

Stained Glass Cookies



Today was a Advent baking day. I made the stained glass cookie dough earlier in the day with the little boys. They added cups of flour and sugar and cracked eggs in the mixer. When it finished mixing, I wrapped it and put it in the refrigerator.

After dinner we began making the cookies. First I unwrapped individually wrapped candies and put them into baggies while Steven supervised the crushing of them with a hammer.

Steven rolled out and cut the dough because he is really good a pie crust dough and this dough seemed similar.
I helped the boys fill in the centers with the colored candy pieces. They sparkled like gems.
I transported the filled cookies to the oven and picked up newly cut out cookies on the way back.
Soon the air was filled with a buttery sweet smell, with a slight hint of fruitiness.
These cookies have to be monitored carefully as the candies can burn easily.


It seemed so perfect to have these cookies during our year of the stained glass (because of our medieval history studies.) 
A very merry evening.

Stained Glass Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
7 ounces assorted clear colored hard candies, such as Jolly Rancher, colors separated and finely chopped (about 30)

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl; set aside.
Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg; mix until smooth, 1 minute. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and mix until combined. Stir in vanilla.Wrap dough in plastic, and refrigerate until cold, about 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Roll out chilled dough on a well-floured surface to a little more than 1/8 inch thick. Cut out shapes using a 5-inch tree-shape cookie cutter. Using a metal spatula, space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Using the tip of a paring knife, make a triangular cutout in center of each cookie for candy filling. Reroll scraps, and cut.
Sprinkle candy in a single layer in hole of each cookie, avoiding edges of triangle. Refrigerate until dough is firm, about 15 minutes.
Bake cookies until candy has melted and completely filled cutout and cookie edges are just starting to turn pale golden brown, 11 to 12 minutes. Do not let the cookies brown, or the candy centers may become bubbly. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks. Use a metal spatula to remove cookies from parchment.

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the pictures of all the boys working so diligently.

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  2. Perfect for a merry evening! Beautiful. I especially love the last photo. I've never tried these kind of cookies and just may have to with the children.

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  3. I like that you broke up the candy. I have a recipe for these and have not made them because it suggested using a whole boiled sweet, which seemed too big and chunky. Maybe I'll try it with broken pieces. Thanks for sharing.

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