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Sparkling Glass Christmas Cookies!

Stained glass Christmas Cookie

Buttery cut-out tree cookies with sparkling candy-glass ornaments! Not only beautiful Christmas treats- but delicious ones!

These fun candy-filled cookies are not an original idea- just an idea I’ve seen around for years and always wanted to try. These turned out great. You need a cut-out recipe that holds it’s shape and size well- otherwise when the cookie bakes, those little holes will expand shut and you won’t have any room to put candy. You also need a cookie that tastes AWESOME without icing. I think these accomplished both goals!!! These were just delicious ūüôā

stained glass cookies

Here is how we made them: (printable recipe here)

 INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24 cookies- depending on the size cutter you use)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of butter flavoring
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 large bag of Jolly Rancher candies
  • Star sprinkles¬†(if desired- plus a tiny bit of melted chocolate to attach them)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Unwrap candy and divide into colors.
  • Use a hammer on a solid surface (one that can’t be damaged by a hammer) to crush the candy. Crush it very finely- mine was a little big still, and it made it harder to spoon into the openings. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs, vanilla and butter flavoring and mix well.
  • Add all dry ingredients and mix until able to knead into a firm ball of dough (add additional flour if necessary).
  • Add green food coloring and knead with hands until dough reaches desired shade.¬†
  • Roll out on a floured counter with a flour coated rolling pin to desired thickness (I made them fairly thick)
  • Cut into Christmas tree shapes
  • Place on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet.
  • Use a straw to poke “ornament” holes. I used a small straw and a jumbo one to give different sizes.¬†
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 4-5¬†minutes.
  • Remove from oven and use a small spoon (I used a tiny little appetizer spoon) to spoon candy colors into each hole.

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  • Bake at 350F degrees for an additional 4-5 minutes until candy is entirely melted. Check after 2-3 minutes and add a little candy if needed, as the pieces melt and settle.¬†
  • Remove cookies from oven and slide the parchment papers off the cookie sheet onto a counter to cool.¬†
  • Use a bit of melted chocolate to attach a star on top (if desired).
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: These were fun to make and they are just so cute and yummy! A few changes I will make the next time: I’d use bigger straws. The larger size was fine, but the mini size holes were hard to fill. I would also crush the candy to a sugar consistency. I had a few bigger pieces that made it harder to fill those tiny holes. I¬†loved the flavor of those buttery cookies with the sweet fruity candy bits- I will definitely make these again! ¬†Enjoy! ~r

Other fun treats for Christmas: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Opera Cream CandyPeppermint Hot Chocolate CupcakesChocolate Bon-bonsHot Chocolate Pops!

Chocolate Bonbons!!

 

Thanksgiving is past….shopping has begun…must be time for CHRISTMAS BAKING!!!!! ¬†These fun little fudge cookies take advantage of all the great flavors of Hershey kisses available this time of year and they are SO beautiful on the table!

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Soften Philadelphia cream cheese in microwave until completely smooth.
  • Melt chocolate chips in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well in between.
  • Add cream cheese to melted chocolate and blend well.
  • Add flour and stir into a thick dough consistency.
  • Flatten about 1 tsp. of dough in your palm, place a kiss in the center and gently wrap the dough around the kiss until it is completely covered.
  • Roll cookie into a ball and place on an un-greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove warm cookies from cookie sheet and place on parchment paper.
  • Decorate as desired- like this:

 

From top to bottom:

1.  Mint truffle kisses: Dip 1/2 of cookie in green Wiltons candy melts, drizzle entire cookie with dark chocolate melts.

2. Coconut kisses: Dip top in white Wiltons candy melts, pipe a little bit of dark chocolate melts in the center and top with coconut.

3.  Caramel kisses:  To make a caramel color I mixed white melts with dark chocolate and added a bit of yellow food color.  Dip 1/2 of the cookie in this and drizzle with dark chocolate.

4. Cherry Cordial kisses: Dip top of cookie in white  melts, dab a tiny bit of green melt in the center and pull up to make a cherry stem and add a red sprinkle in the center.

5. (see top picture) Candy Cane kisses: Dip 1/2 of cookie in white melts and drizzle with red and green melts.

My thoughts: ¬†I have become a Hershey Kiss Hoarder because of this recipe. ¬†As soon as I see a new flavor I have to try it in these cookies– and then I buy like 5 bags so that I can have them for this recipe all year long. ¬†All the flavors shown ARE available right now except for the coconut (EASTER, sorry…)… ¬†One note: ¬†the firm centered kisses (coconut, raspberry, mint truffle, candy cane etc.) work best in these cookies, as the soft centered ones tend to leak out a little (see my top picture- I’m missing some caramel ūüė¶ ) ¬†These are the perfect bite-sized treat for any kind of occasion and kids have SO much fun wrapping dough around kisses! ¬†ENJOY!!!! ¬†r-

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