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Kim Smith
December 3rd, 2008, 08:15 PM
I stole this from Shelley Munro's blog. I know she would love to have it shared :)

Stained Glass Cookies
Simply Recipes
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
30-40 hard candies (such as Life Savers), preferably in several flavors/colors
1- Pre-heat oven to 375F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat.
2- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add molasses and vanilla extract, mixing until incorporated. Add egg and mix until light and smooth, about 1 minute on medium speed.
3- Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Fold dry ingredients into wet mixture. Use electric mixer to blend just until flour is incorporated. Divide dough in half and flatten into two disks. Wrap disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour and up to 2 days.
4- Remove any wrappers on candies and separate them by color into plastic bags. Using a mallet to crush candies.
5- Place one disk between two large sheets of waxed paper and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut dough into desired shapes. Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Using a smaller cookie cutter or a knife, cut shapes into centers of cookies, reserving these center bits to add into extra dough.
6- Use a spoon to sprinkle the crushed candy into the hollowed-out centers of the cookies, filling to the edges. Try to keep the candy within the centers. Any candy specks that fall on the cookie will color the cookie.
7- If cookies will be hung as ornaments or decorations, poke a small hole in the top of each cookie before baking.
8- Bake 9 to 10 minutes. The candy should be melted and bubbling and the cookies just barely beginning to brown. Remove baking sheets from oven and place on wire racks to cool. Allow cookies to cool on pans at least 10 minutes; otherwise, the candy centers may separate from the dough. When cookies are completely cooled, remove and store in an airtight container. String with ribbon if you want to hang as an ornament.
Makes 2 to 4 dozen cookies, depending on how large you make them.:tree2:

Shelley Munro
December 5th, 2008, 03:50 PM
Thanks, Kim! They look yummy. I wanted to grab them straight off the photo and eat them. :)

Shelley

hollie
December 5th, 2008, 05:43 PM
i just copied on to the loop as well :clap:

AlyssaLynn
December 5th, 2008, 10:15 PM
I need to make them... they sound delicious Lusty Drool Smilie

Kim Smith
December 5th, 2008, 11:09 PM
My daughter texted me when I emailed the recipe to her and said 'I was JUST going to ask for this recipe. I remember you made it for us when we were kids and I loved it. Too weird!" so there ya have it. It is officially the one to try this Christmas.

Kim Smith
December 25th, 2008, 05:37 PM
oh my goodness! we made these today in honor of Christmas and they were PHENOMENAL!~!!

rebelheart
December 28th, 2008, 03:25 PM
Thanks Kim. What a great recipe. I've got to pass this on to my sister who, among other things, is an artist. She is presently working on a mosaic, and I know she'd love to try this one. Julie

rebelheart
December 28th, 2008, 03:26 PM
Oh, thanks Shelley too! I don't remember seeing it on your blog.
Julie

Shelley Munro
December 30th, 2008, 03:39 PM
I'm glad they turned out well, Kim.

Julie - it was right at the start of the month. There was a cupcake recipe, too.

Shelley