These cookies, with their festively colorfulcandy ‘windows’, are as much fun to make as they are to eat!
Recipe: Holiday Stained GlassCookies
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Crushed colored hard candies (about 1/3 cup) Frosting (optional) Candy (optional)
Separate colors of hard candy. Put eachcolor candy into a freezer bag and crush with a wooden mallet.In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggsand vanilla. In another bowl, sift togther flour and baking powder.Gradually stir flour mixture into wet ingredients until doughis very stiff. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill about 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).Roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.Additional flour can be added if necessary. Cut out cookies usinglarge holiday cookie cutters. Transfer cookies to a foil-linedbaking sheet. Using a small cookie cutter, cut out and removedough from the center of each cookie. Fill cut out sections withcrushed candy. If using cookies as a hanging ornament, make asmall hole at the top. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies arelightly browned and candy is melted. Slide foil off baking sheet.When cool, carefully loosen cookies from foil. If desired, decoratefurther with frosting and candy.
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen medium cookies.
Recipe provided courtesy of The Sugar Association,Inc.
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