Crushed hard red candies melt inside thecut-outs of these heart cookies to form the ‘stained glass’ inthese whimsical cookies.
Recipe: Stained Glass HeartCookies
1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/3 cup red hard candies, crushed Prepared frosting (optional)
In large bowl, cream together butter andsugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. In medium bowl, sifttogether flour and baking powder. Gradually stir flour mixtureinto sugar mixture, stirring until dough is very stiff. Coverand chill in refrigerate at least 3 hours, or overnight.
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
In lightly floured surface, roll out doughto 1/8-inch thickness. To prevent cookies from becoming toughand brittle, try not to incorporate a lot of surface flour. Usinga large heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out heart pattern. Transfercookies to foil-lined baking sheet.
Using a small heart-shaped cookie cutter,cut out and remove heart design from center of each cookie. (Ifcookie cutters are not available, cut out shapes using a smallknife.) Fill the cut out sections with crushed candy.
Bake cookies 7 to 9 minutes, or untillightly browned and candy has melted. Do not overcook. When done,slide foil off baking sheet. Carefully loosen cookies from foilwhen cooled. If desired, pipe decorative borders with frostingaround edges.
Makes 30 cookies.
Nutritional Information, Per Cookie: 87calories; 13 g carbohydrate; 3 g fat
Recipe provided courtesy of The Sugar Association,Inc.
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