Stained Glass Christmas Cookies

by National Cookie Network


I think cookies make a beautiful Christmas gift for anyone. I mean, who says you need to spend hundreds of dollars on Black Friday or Cyber Monday (or any other holiday shopping day for that matter)? They put a smile on some one’s face, they’ll never get returned or traded in, and even if they get regifted (which I doubt), somebody will eventually eat then and enjoy them to boot! You just can’t go wrong with a box of beautiful cookies.

Now again, I could be wrong here, but I think stained glass cookies qualify as not only beautiful, but definitely Christmas gift material. Don’t you agree? I know I would be tickled pink to get a box of these!

I dare you to give these to somebody this year as a Christmas gift! You’ll see… they’ll love it! (And probably eat them all right in front of you. So let this be a lesson to you to eat a few before you give them away!)  Here are a few of our favorites:

Etsy seller, The Wacky Cookie Company makes these beautiful stained glass cookies  from hand poured Strawberry flavored candy.

Yankee Magazine has complete instructions and a yummy recipe. These cookies can double as ornaments.

The Culinary Alchemist shows what you can do with a set of snowflake cookie cutters.

Martha Stewart shares her  ideas on the stained glass cookie.

Will you make stained glass cookies this year? Share them with us and we’ll post them for all of our readers to enjoy.

Happy Baking!

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Stained Glass Christmas Cookies
Cookie Dough
  • 2¾ cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 cup(s) (2 sticks) butter (no substitutions), softened
  • ¾ cup(s) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 1 bag(s) (6.25-ounce) colorful hard candy such as Jolly Ranchers or LifeSavers
  1. Divide dough into 3 pieces, flatten into a disk and wrap each disk in plastic wrap.
  2. Refrigerate at least 2 hours until firm enough to roll.
  3. While dough is chilling lightly crush candy into small pieces about the size of coarsely chopped nuts. Do not to crush until powdery.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Prepare cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Roll out the chilled dough to around ⅛ inch thick and cut out shapes using a Christmas cookie cutter. If you don't have the shape you like, use a sharp paring knife.
  7. Remove and refrigerate trimmings and cutout centers.
  8. Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet.
  9. Bake cookies 7 minutes.
  10. Remove cookie sheet from oven; fill each cookie's center with ½ teaspoon crushed candy.
  11. Return to oven and bake 3 to 4 minutes longer or until cookies are lightly browned and candy is melted.
  12. Cool cookies on cookie sheet on wire rack.
  13. Repeat with remaining dough, trimmings, and candy.

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Pat Frobouck April 26, 2019 at 6:07 pm

I tried the Stained Glass Cookies one Christmas, they turned out very nice.
But when I shipped them to my family the candy part melted. N they didn’t go to a warm climate.
What did I do wrong? I used the Jolly Ranchers candy.


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