Stained Glass Cookies

Making the candy centers for these elegant stained glass cookies can be lots of fun if you do it from scratch. This recipe will show you how to. A quicker way, however, is to fill the centers with crushed candies. Make sure that you don’t overfill them. Ingredients for the cookies are:

ingredients for stained glass cookies

Sugar ½ cup
Unsalted butter, cut into pieces 6 Tbsp
Vegetable shortening 1/3 cup
Egg yolk 1 large
Vanilla extract 1/8 tsp
Baking powder ¼ tsp
All purpose flour 1¾ cups

Bake stained glass cookies for 10 – 15 minutes, or until they are light golden. Let them cool completely on the cookie sheet.

ingredients for candy centers
Sugar 1 cup
Light corn syrup 3Tbsp
Water ½ cup
Food coloring, any color
Almond, orange, or lemon extract ¼ tsp

    Ice bucket for stained glass cookies

  • Half-fill a bowl with ice and add some water to cover. Securely place a small dish on the ice.

  • Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a small saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer and bring it to a boil, without stirring, over high heat.

When the mixture reaches 305 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the saucepan from heat and pour the syrup mixture into the small dish on ice. If you plan on having many different colors, divide the syrup mixture into different dishes.

stained glass cookies
Add a drop of food coloring and your choice of flavorings. Gently stir the syrup mixture to eliminate bubbles. Carefully spoon it into the centered cutouts, then set aside to cool and harden.

This recipe makes about 30 – 40 stained glass cookies.

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