This recipe for stained glass cookies has been a favorite for a long time. This weekend, I made stained glass autumn leaf cookies. Like Christmas and Valentine’s Day stained glass cookies, the recipe uses crushed LifeSavers candy for the center “glass”. It melts in the oven, creating a lovely glass-like effect.
|Candy for the centers,|
Stained Glass Cookies: Equipment
|Equipment: Mortar and pestle, cookie cutters, candy (Photo by Jeanne Grunert)|
Stained Glass Cookies Recipe
- 2 cookie sheets
- Electric mixer
- Wax paper
- Aluminum foil
- Cutting board or dough board
- Cookie cutters in 2 sizes in desired shape
- Rolling pin
- Mortar and pestle
- Flour to dust board
- 2 sticks of margarine or butter
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of either vanilla extract OR almond extract
- Food coloring (optional) – you can color dough to match the center or in complimentary colors
- LifeSavers(R) candy in traditional five flavors. Cherry, orange, sour apple and pineapple were used for these cookies.
|Cookies on foil-lined baking sheets. The small ones are acorn centers I baked as extras.|
|Stained glass cookie with orange center. Autumn leaf. (Photo by Jeanne Grunert)|
Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.