My daughter declared this a baking weekend and I just can’t say not to that. After whipping up a batch of soft pretzels, homemade waffles for breakfast and trying out a chocolate mug cake we decided it was time to bake up some Valentine’s Day cookies. After we made up the sugar cookie dough and were busy cutting out hearts I remembered that I had a bag of hard candies in the pantry and maybe we should give stained glass cookies a try. I’ve made stained glass Christmas ornaments from candy before (this past Christmas actually) and they turned out lovely but I admit they were a bit finicky. These cookies however were incredibly easy and turned out amazing! All you need is sugar cookie dough, two sizes of heart cookie cutters and some hard candies.
Stained Glass Valentine’s Day Cookies
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 3/4 teaspoon of salt
- 3/4 cup of unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- hard candies (how many depends on the size of your cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl.
In another bowl beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy using a hand or stand mixer.
Beat in the egg and vanilla.
Next add in the flour and mix until just combined. You want a nice firm dough that isn’t going to spread when it bakes. If it seems a little soft just add a bit more flour.
Form the dough into a couple of balls, wrap in plastic and place in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
Remove the dough from the fridge, unwrap and place on a lightly floured surface.
Roll out the dough to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness.
Grab your heart shaped cookies cutters and put a little flour on the bottoms of them. For reference the widest part of my smaller cookie cutter is about 1 1/2 inches which was the perfect size for the candies.
Start with the larger heart and cut it into the dough. Then place the smaller cutter in the middle and cut it out.
Remove the center cookie and place it on a baking tray lined with parchment. Carefully do the same with the larger cut out heart.
Place a whole hard candy in the middle of the cut out cookie. Use whatever flavours/colours you prefer.
Repeat until you have as many cookies as you’d like.
Place in the oven and bake until the candy is melted* and the cookies are just barely starting to brown – about 10 minutes.
Let the cookies cool on the parchment lined cookie tray for a good ten minutes to let the candy set up. Then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
* Most of the candies flowed very evenly in the centre of the cookie but I had a couple that just weren’t quite touching one edge so I just took a butter knife, while the cookies were still in the oven, and gave the melted candy a nudge to fill in the gap.