Stained Glass Holiday Cookies

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Introduction: Stained Glass Holiday Cookies

These unique treats are the perfect combination of sugar cookie with a hard candy center! Jolly Rancher candies are what I prefer for this recipe, but other hard candies may be used as well. These are great to serve at get togethers or to put in clear bags and tie up with a bow to give as holiday or thank you gifts for teachers, postal workers, neighbors, etc. They are enjoyed by everyone!

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 ¼ cups granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon soda

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

18 individually wrapped red (cherry flavored) Jolly Rancher candies, unwrapped

18 individually wrapped green (green apple flavored) Jolly Rancher candies, unwrapped

18 individually wrapped blue (blue raspberry flavored) Jolly Rancher candies, unwrapped

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Supplies

Small hammer

3 quart-size resealable freezer bags

Rolling pin

Rolling mat

Parchment or silicone mat-lined baking sheets

Large and medium holiday cookie cutters

Small (about ½-inch) round cutter or plastic lid

1-inch round cutter

Candy sprinkles/nonpareils (optional)

Step 1: Butter and Sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy.

Step 2: Adding Additional Ingredients

Add egg, extracts, salt, and soda. Beat on low speed until smooth.

Step 3: Adding Flour

Add flour, 1 cup at a time, beating on low speed until evenly mixed and scraping down bowl as needed.

Step 4: Chilling Dough

Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Step 5: Preparing Candies

Place each color of candies in separate resealable bags. Seal tops. Use a hammer to crush the candies then pour each color of candy into small separate bowls.

Step 6: Rolling Dough and Cutting Cookies

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Lightly sprinkle a rolling mat with powdered sugar. Place half of dough at a time on mat, then lightly sprinkle additional powdered sugar on top of dough. Use a rolling pin to roll dough to ¼-inch thickness. Cut out dough as desired using large and medium cutters. Place cookies 1-inch apart on parchment or silicone mat-lined baking sheet. Cut out a circle in center of each using the appropriate size of round cutter to allow a perimeter of at least ¼-inch of dough. Carefully remove center circles of dough. Chill cookies on baking sheets in refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Step 7: Filling and Baking Cookies

Remove baking sheets from refrigerator. Add ½ - 1 teaspoon of crushed candies in each circle. Bake for 5 minutes. Carefully add a small amount of the same color of additional crushed candy in each circle, being careful not to overfill. Bake for 6-7 additional minutes until edges of cookies are barely golden.

Step 8: Finishing Cookies

Remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle the melted candy centers with sprinkles if desired. Cool completely. Carefully remove cookies from baking sheet. Arrange cookies on a plate and serve. Makes 2-3 dozen cookies, depending on the size of the cutters. Enjoy!

Step 9: Notes:

Any cookie cutters may be used, depending on the season, holiday, or special occasion. By the same token, any flavor/color of candies may be used as desired.

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