Stained Glass Cookies

stained glass cookies

Let me introduce stained glass cookies to you. Stained what? Yes, you read right. These cookies are both, they are eatable, but they are also super pretty decoration. They will look extra pretty if you hang them in a window or put them on a branch. Because then you will be able to see through the stained glass. I think these cookies are perfect for the season and most definitely a thoughtful gift.

stained glass cookieThe cookies themselves come together quickly and are prepared the same way as pie pastry. I only added homemade vanilla extract to give them a little flavor. Yes, you most definitely should chill the dough before rolling it out and yes, you have to cut out the cookies. But I think they are really worth the effort. You will also have to crush candy to get this stained glass effect. I find it so crazy, yet so pretty. And on top of everything, you can eat these cookies, what else can you ask for?

I don’t think I would have ever had the idea myself. I mean, come on, stained glass cookies? But since I have been using Pinterest, I have stumbled across so many ideas, it is awesome. Seriously, the internet is full of the craziest ideas and apparently nothing hasn’t been tried. It makes me happy because I am a curious person and like to try new things. I got the idea from the German blogger Simone (in German), but I have also seen it on English blogs, such as Olivia’s. It actually is not that hard if you follow my advice.

stained glass cookies

And remember prebaking the cookies is crucial. Have fun and I hope you can decorate your home with these cookies or give them aways as a nice gift!

stained glass cookies

Credit: S-Küche (in German)

Stained Glass Cookies

Print Recipe
Serves: About 25 Cookies Cooking Time: 1hr preparation + 8-10min of baking

Ingredients

  • 150 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 100 grams of cold butter
  • 50 gr of regular sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract, see here how to make your own
  • 1-3 tablespoons of cold water
  • Hard candies, as many strong colors as possible

Instructions

1

Make crumbs with all ingredients except for the water and vanilla extract. This is best done with the kneading attachment of a mixer, if done by hand, be sure to work quickly.

2

Add vanilla extract and water and kneed with your hands until you can form into a ball. Chill for at least half an hour in the fridge with plastic wrap.

3

Prepare the candy by crushing each color separately. This is really loud (beware!) and you need a good knife in your food processor! I don’t recommend preparing the candy too early on as it will get sticky fairly quickly. Best to prepare shortly before working on the dough again.

4

Take out dough, divide in half, put back one half in the fridge. Roll out the other half on lightly floured surface. Cut out desired shapes, but be sure to only cut out the larger outside shapes. Once done, transfer to baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

5

Cut out the inner shape and make holes for thread with a toothpick with cookies on the baking sheet.

6

Bake cookies for four to five minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. This is a necessary step as the cookies need longer than the candy. Otherwise your candy will get all brown if you immediately fill the cookies and bake right away.

7

Take out and fill with crushed candy. Feel free to mix colors. Stick back to the oven for about two more minutes or the candy starts to melt. I have found it very helpful to take cookies out again as now you can really make them look pretty and move the candy into the corners, etc.

8

Bake for another two to four minutes or until the candy is completely melted.

9

Be sure to wait until cookies are completely cool before taking off the baking sheets. They will be very fragile when still warm.

10

Put thread through the holes and decorate windows or branches or eat. Enjoy!

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    KreaVivität
    Monday December 11th, 2017 at 07:19 AM

    Schöne Idee, vorallem dekorativ UND lecker. Als Kind habe ich es geliebt, Weihnachtsbaumdekoschokolade zu essen. Nun das geht mit den Plätzchen auch.
    Mal sehen, ob ich es noch schaffe nach zu backen.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Monday December 11th, 2017 at 08:05 AM

      Ha, da bin ich bei dir! Bei uns wird der Baum traditionell mit Lebkuchen behängt. Den esse ich auch immer gern 😋

  • Reply
    Bo
    Monday December 11th, 2017 at 07:58 AM

    Hallo, das ist eine tolle Idee mit den Keksen und sieht am Fenster super aus. Danke für das Rezept.
    Liebe Grüße Bo

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Monday December 11th, 2017 at 08:06 AM

      Sehr gerne!

  • Reply
    Iris
    Monday December 11th, 2017 at 04:13 PM

    Liebe Jenny, diese Plätzchen sehe ich bei dir zum ersten Mal.
    Ich werde sie für das nächste Jahr speichern und als Baumschmuck verwenden.
    Sooooo schön sind sie.Vielen Dank für das unkomplizierte Rezept.

    Liebe Grüße

    Iris

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Monday December 11th, 2017 at 05:26 PM

      Das freut mich sehr! Berichte gerne, wenn du sie machst!

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