Stained Glass Window Cookies
These cookies have open spaces filled with crushed hard candy (bright colors work best). When baked, the candy melts and the cookie becomes a lovely stained glass window.
We don't recommend eating them, they are mostly for decoration. They can be eaten, but the melted candy gets very hard.
2/3 cup butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
40 pieces of colored hard candy
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease cookie sheets very well or line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and eggs. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture alternately with milk. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch wide strips and, on a well-buttered baking sheet, form into window frames. Alternately, cut with graduated cookie cutters so that there is a hole in the middle of each cookie. Keeping the colors separate, place candy in plastic bags and crush into small bits. Place crushed candies inside window frames. Bake for six minutes, or until candy is just melted. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, until candy is hard. Carefully lift cookies off baking sheet with spatula.
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