Geometric Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

As a parent, I feel like I should let you know that the recipe for Stained Glass Cookies comes chock-full of parental advisories. I guess that’s to be expected, given that kids will be dealing with melted, hammer-crushed hard candy. My aim in this recipe was getting my boys amped and excited about creating beautiful art, which ended up being pretty successful.

A few warnings here before we begin: be sure to double-Ziploc your bag your candy before you let the kids go at it with a hammer (uhhh, maybe you go at it instead). Similarly, make sure you’re dealing with a silicone mat as opposed to parchment paper, unless you want to end up eating sand paper (like my 1st attempt).

Your ‘last’ warning: kids will definitely be clamoring to do this recipe again. These stained glass cookies are made from a simple sugar cookie.  Gather all your crushed candy and geometric shaped cutters and get busy.

It’s sticky fun while filling the cut-outs with jolly ranchers. We embossed our names with alphabet imprint stamps.

Stained Glass Cookies

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Feature Image Stained Glass Window
Feature Image Stained Glass Window

Geometric Stained Glass Cookies

By TheSweetNerd  

March 15, 2016



3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

Optional -

Pinch of citrus zest for flavoring

1/4 teaspoon cardamom


Bag of Jolly Ranch hard candy



1Dries: Whisk flour and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

2Base: In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Next, add eggs, vanilla and optional flavorings of citrus zest or spices (ie: cardamom).

3Gradually, add dries to base just until incorporated. Chill in refrigerator up to one hour. Roll on lightly floured surface. Cut shapes.

4Decorate: Unwrap Jolly Ranch candies and place in a ziplock back, doubled. Then, pound it out with a hammer until they are crushed into small pieces. Place into cutouts (fill because candy will melt down).

5Optional: We used imprint letter stamps. See blog post for the link on Amazon.

6Use a silicone pat so the candy won't stick.

7Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.


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