Stained Glass Cookies

If you are going to hang these pretty cookies, poke a small hole in the tops with a straw before baking.

Makes: 48Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 2 hours 30 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 48


  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. Grandma’s molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 35 hard candies in different colors


  • Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg, molasses, and vanilla; blend well.
  • Blend in dry ingredients. Chill 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Break candies into a powder. Do this easily by putting all candies of one color in a zip-top bag and pounding with a meat mallet. Repeat for each color.
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1⁄4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Using small cookie cutters, cut shapes. Place cookies on baking sheets; fill cutout areas with crushed candies.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool cookies completely in pans or candy will break off and separate from cookies.