Stained Glass Cookies (Cheat)


What’s this?


Candy inside a cookie?!?



Whoever came up with the idea of baking ground up hard candies inside a cookie is an absolute genius. These are not only delicious, but they look beautiful!


You can use whatever flavored and colored hard candies you want.


They’re not to difficult to make, and they make pretty big batches. It depends on the size of your cookies. This recipe was supposed to make 2-4 dozen. I kinda ended up with 91…DSC_0970.

Mine were small, though. I’d eat 10 at a time.


Oh, and I didn’t poke a hole at the top of mine. These are a great decoration to your Christmas trees, so I would recommend poking a hole at the top of your cookie so that you can thread a ribbon through it and hang it up. If you change your mind about hanging them up after you’ve already poked a hole, you could still eat it 😉

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Stained Glass Cookies

(Adapted from SimplyRecipes)

Makes 2-5 dozen, depending on the size of your cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 20-40 hard candies, approx. (ex. Lifesavers, Jolly Ranchers), preferably in 3-4 different colors/flavors


  1. Preheat oven to 190C or 375F
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy
  3. Mix in the molasses, vanilla, and egg until smooth
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder
  5. Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix until just combined
  6. Press the dough together and divide into two disks
  7. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, or up to 2 days
  8. Separate the hard candies based on color
  9. Use a food processor to process the candies until they become a coarse flour (alternatively, you could crush them using a mallet)
  10. Roll out your cookie dough so that it’s 1/4 inch, or just over half a centimeter thick
  11. Use your cookie cutter to cut out a circle/shape, and use a smaller cookie cutter to cut out the dough inside of it. Poke a hole at the top of it if you wish to hang it up
  12. Transfer the cut-out cookie dough onto a greased baking sheet
  13. Fill the center of each cookie with the candy flour
  14. Bake for 9-10 minutes. The candy should be bubbling and have melted completely, and the cookies should be browning slightly
  15. While the cookies are baking, use the leftover cookie dough to make another batch of cookies
  16. Allow the cookies to cool (this is really important!)
  17. Eat the cookies 🙂 (or hang them up)

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