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Stained Glass Window Cookies

Stained Glass Window Cookies

Stained Glass Window Cookies

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Stained Glass Window Cookies
4.6 rating based on 12,345 ratings
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Course: Cutout Cookies, Filled Cookies, Ornamental CookiesDifficulty: Medium



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 (not pictured). Alternately, cut with graduated cookie cutters so that there is a hole in the middle of each cookie (pictured).
  • 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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I definitely loved this recipe! Yes, you may have to add a bit of flour, but that's obvious because you'll be rolling it in flour so much that if it started off with a perfect amount, by the time you're finished making the shapes, there'll be too much flour! I used Jolly Ranchers in the middle, and baked a little longer (about 9 minutes 30 sec) and I got perfect cookies!
- Kelley
it was a good recipe and the kids loved it - however i had to use more flour as the dough was quite sticky.
- A Baker
Great fun cookies, and very cool to make. but, hard to eat.
- JoeJoe
Horrible!! I followed the recipe exactly and the dough was like glue, stuck to everything!! What a shame I counted on this recipe because I misplaced my usual one and gonna have to miss my friends cookie party!
- A Baker
Used this concept to make stained glass windows for our gingerbread house. It was really cute.
- Nittany Mom
A Very good Receipe. I bake and cook alot. the cooking time is good. texture is great. i like using life saver candy. I think it makes a more authenic looking stained glass cookie.
- A Baker
we had so much fun baking these cookies, they look so beautiful. Me and my nieces can't wait to start baking them again this year. they are a must try...it's a traditional event if you don't eat them.
- aunt michele
I truley loved these cookies but I really couldn't eat them so it was dissapointing.
- Cook-cook
When my children were small they got a big kick out of making these. It was something special to do with them. Now that I remembered about these, I can make them with my grandchildren. It gives them pride and confidence in themselves.
- Sue
These make great ornaments! I took a straw and pierced a hole in the top before baking so that I could hang them with pretty ribbon and raffia. They also taste good, however, the candy is very hard so you want to take small bites.
- LindaR
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