Stained Glass Cookies (also called Magic Window Cookies) are made with a basic sugar cookie
dough with a little magic added. All you do is cut out a small area in the middle of the cookie with a
cookie cutter or a knife and add a little crushed hard candy. Bake the cookies until the candy melts
and forms a brightly-colored translucent candy window. If you make a small hole in the top of the
cookie dough before baking you can insert a piece of ribbon through it once the cookies are baked
and hang them on your Christmas tree or in a window to reflect the light. By simply changing the
design of your cookie cutters, you can make Stained Glass Cookies for almost any holiday or
(Makes about 24)
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
About 4 rolls hard candy, such as LifeSavers
To crush the candy:
Separate the candies by color, so that each color can be crushed separately.
If you crush all the colors together they will melt into a murky brown color in
the cookies. Put one group of colors in a small plastic bag or between sheets
of plastic wrap. Use a mallet or rolling pin to crush the candy. How small you
make the pieces will depend on how large an area you cut out of the cookies.
Smaller holes will need slightly smaller pieces of candy to fill the area.
Repeat for other colors. Set the candies aside.
To make the cookies:
Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.
Add the flour mixture and mix until well blended.
Wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling out.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Use a smaller cookie cutter or a knife to
cut a shape from the center of the cookie. Transfer the cookies to the prepared
Use a spoon to place the
crushed candy in the cutout
area. The candy should fill the
space and be about level with
the top of the cookie. Remove
any candy pieces that fall on
the dough or they will color the
dough. If you plan on hanging
the cookies later, make a
small hole with a toothpick at
the top of each cookie.
Repeat procedure for remaining cookies.
Bake for 8 to10 minutes, or until the candy melts and the cookies are just
starting to brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool
about 10 minutes on the baking sheets. When the candy centers are firm, use
a spatula to transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.
To hang cookies:
Cut short lengths of ribbon, string, or wire; thread through holes in top of
cookies. Cookies may be hung over low-watt bulbs or in windows without
direct sunlight. Too much heat will melt the candy centers.