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stained glass cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

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  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 cookies 1x
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: oven


Stained Glass Cookies are so Festive! Made using a simple sugar cookie recipe, the glossy stained glass centers make them perfect for holiday cookie trays.


  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 15 jolly ranchers, unwrapped and crushed
  • ½ cup powdered sugar (optional, for drizzle)
  • 12 tablespoons milk (optional, for drizzle)


  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture until the dough comes together. Roll the dough out on a floured surface (or parchment paper) to ¼-⅓ inch thick, sprinkling a little flour on top as needed to keep the dough from sticking to your rolling pin
  5. Cut out with a circular cookie cutter, Then cut the center out with a smaller cookie cutter
  6. Arrange on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, so no cookies are touching. (Parchment is important so that your melted candy doesn’t stick to the pan.)
  7. Sprinkle crushed jolly ranchers in the cookie center. 
  8. Bake in the center of the oven for 10  minutes, until the cookies look set and the candy has melted and spread out. It may look bubbly, but it will settle as it cools 
  9. Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from pan. The candy can take a while to set, so once it’s mostly cooled off, you can pop the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to speed it up.
  10. For a glaze, you can mix powdered sugar and milk together and drizzle over the cookies.


  1. Number of cookies is based on using a 3 ½ inch circular cutter, and 1 ½ inch cut out. Mine happened to be a wide mouth canning jar ring, and some little cookie cutters I found at TJ Maxx similar to these:
  2. We tried using whole jolly ranchers, which worked alright, but crushing them makes sure they spread all the way into the various corners. 
  3. Spread the equivalent of one jolly rancher in each cookie. Overfilling can result in candy overflowing onto the cookie, which isn’t very pretty. Better to go thin than thick.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 143
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 19
  • Protein: 2