Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Stained Glass Cookies

If you are looking for new ideas, these are a unique Christmas cookie. The cookies are super sweet because of the candy, so they are a big hit with my kids.

These take about 12 minutes. You will need:
  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Hard candy (like Life Savers or Butterscotch candies)
  • Plastic sandwich bag for each color candy
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper. DM Tip: Use parchment paper, not wax paper. The melted candies will stick to the wax paper.

1. Make cookie dough and chill for 15 minutes. I find that chilling makes it easier to roll the dough out.
2. Cover a cookie tray with a piece of parchment paper.
3. Roll dough out and cut into shapes (snowflake, circle, etc.).
4. Create a space for the candy to go.
     a. For the snowflake cookies, I cut out the center with a small cookie cutter.
     b. For the circle cookies, I cut out the middle with a medium cookie cutter. I cut two strips out of the dough and placed in the middle to form a cross shape (or X shape). I gently pinched the ends together.
5. Place the candy in plastic bags by color and crush with the rolling pin. (DM Tip: Use a freezer bag. If you use a regular bag, double bag the candies before crushing. I used a regular sandwich bag and it ripped while crushing the candies.)
6. Fill in the cookie openings with the candy.
7. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. The candies will melt and bubble while cooking. Once the cookies/candies cool, the candy will form a more stained glass look.

Left: Bubble center. Right: Cooled center, more stained glass looking.
8. Remove from oven and set parchment paper and cookies on a cooling rack. Once the cookies are cooled completely, peel off the parchment paper.

If your kids are having a holiday party at school, these would be a big hit! Higgins had Show & Tell  at school and the theme was "something your family uses to celebrate the holidays". He brought in bags of the stained glass cookies for the class. The bags were tied with ribbon and had a little ornament on them (Target, 16/$1).

DM Tip: For a really easy cookie, buy a tube of cookie dough, slice into circles, cut out the center and fill with candies.

DM Alternative: If you don't have a round cookie cutter, you can also roll small pieces of dough out in strips. Arrange the dough on the parchment paper to make circles. Add in the cross shape. Pinch together. Fill with crushed candy and bake.

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