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Stained-Glass Cookie Ornaments

Recipe photo courtesy of Ulla Nyeman

Sugar cookies turn magical when their centers are cut out and filled with chopped hard candies. As the dough bakes, the candy melts into a dazzling stained-glass window, creating a colorful confection.

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Holiday 2001





Cook's Notes

To make your own cookie shapes, draw a simple Christmas-tree or ornament shape onto a manila folder, and cut it out. Place the cutout on rolled-out cookie dough, and cut around it with the tip of a paring knife. Alternatively, you can cut out cookies with cookie cutters (wide shapes work best). Use the knife tip to cut out the centers of the cookies.

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  • rforston
    8 DEC, 2011
    Be aware that changes in temperature and humidity can cause these to turn into a runny mess. They ARE great looking, but if they are cool and then encounter moisture in the air, the water will sort of condense on them and cause the candy to dissolve, drip and make a mess wherever they are. Made these several years ago and put them on a tree in the basement, which was cool and damp - not a good idea. They may be fine in a low humidity, well heated house. They are very impressive.
  • cookbydayandnight35
    4 JAN, 2010
    Amazing, I used them and made a big stained glass window for a project we had to do in english!
  • fluffer
    14 DEC, 2007
    DArling, darling,darling, I know my 9 grandkids will just love these on the tree1 Thanks for the great idea! Happy Holidays!!! Fluffer :-)

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