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Stained-Glass Critter Cookies

Surprise someone special with these stunning stained-glass cookies from in-house stylist Dani Fiore (Sweet dani B). For a decorating guide, download the Butterfly and Dragonfly stained-glass cookie templates.

  • yield: Makes about 2 dozen

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Assorted clear colored hard candies, such as Jolly Rancher, colors separated and finely chopped
  • Royal Icing
  • Gel paste food coloring, in desired colors
  • Edible sugar pearls, for decorating wing's edge (optional)
  • Dragees or candy eyes

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Sift flour and salt into a bowl; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs and lemon juice. Reduce speed to low. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Divide dough in half; flatten each half into a disk. Wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.

  3. Step 3

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. Let one disk of dough stand at room temperature just until soft enough to roll, about 10 minutes. Place dough on a nonstick baking mat; place a piece of plastic wrap over dough. Roll out dough between baking mat and plastic wrap to 1/4 inch thick. Remove plastic wrap. Cut out cookies with a 5-inch butterfly- or dragonfly-shaped cookie cutter; cut out negative space in the wings using both sides of a small heart-shaped cookie cutter to create a mirror image (see Butterfly or Dragonfly templates). Use a drinking straw to create a hanging hole at top of cookie, if desired. Transfer baking mat to a baking sheet. Transfer baking sheet to freezer, freeze until very firm, about 15 minutes. Remove baking sheet from freezer; remove scraps and reposition cookies so that they are at least 1 inch apart. Roll out scraps, and repeat. Repeat with remaining disk of dough.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer to oven and bake for 8 minutes. Let cool and sprinkle candy in a single layer in negative space of each cookie. Return to oven and bake until lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks; carefully remove with a metal spatula.

  5. Step 5

    Mix together some of the royal icing with food coloring until desired shade is reached for wings. Transfer to a small squirt bottle. Outline wings (see Butterfly or Dragonfly templates) with colored icing. Draw several zigzags across entire surface of the outlined area. If necessary, use a toothpick to spread evenly. Using tweezers, add candy decor to wing edges, if desired (see Butterfly or Dragonfly templates). Let dry.

  6. Step 6

    Mix together some of the royal icing with food coloring until desired shade is reached for bodies. Transfer to a small squirt bottle. Outline body (see Butterfly or Dragonfly templates) with colored icing. Draw several zigzags across entire surface of the outlined area. If necessary, use a toothpick to spread evenly. Using tweezers, add dragees or candy eyes to create eyes (see Butterfly or Dragonfly templates). Let dry.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128

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Reviews (13)

  • 29 Jun, 2010

    Where can I purchase that non stick baking baking mat used on this segment, for rolling out the cookie dough?

  • 22 Apr, 2010

    I see the butterfly and dragonfly on the website, but where do you find the curved in heart cutters? I do not see them anywhere on the website.

  • 22 Apr, 2010

    Where do you get the dragonfly and small tilted heart cutters? I only have the butterfly and those little hearts are adorable! Regular small hearts don't look the same inside the wings... Please help =)

  • 21 Apr, 2010

    You can get the cookie cutters (and other baking supplies) at N.Y.Cake:
    http://www.nycake.com/MarthaStewartLiving.aspx

  • 20 Apr, 2010

    i was wondering about the cookie cutters too. i have tons but i would LOVE to have those for my collection.

  • 19 Apr, 2010

    Does anyone know where to purchase the critter cookie cutters?

  • 17 Apr, 2010

    An image of the stained-glass cookie is at Dani Fiore's web site:

    http://www.sweetdanib.com/Home.html

  • 17 Apr, 2010

    beautiful cookies, and I like the idea of not adding baking powder to the sugar cookie recipe so that they retain their shape.

  • 16 Apr, 2010

    I missed that show im trying to look them up the stain glass cookies and it keeps telling me to wait after show has aired

  • 16 Apr, 2010

    when are you going to upload the pics from the show? i told my friend about these lovely cookies, and she hasn't been able to check them out.

  • 15 Apr, 2010

    These cookies are very creative.

  • 15 Apr, 2010

    These are adorable. I wish they were show before Easter!

  • 15 Apr, 2010

    These were just beautiful! I can not wait to make them for my daughters 3rd birthday!