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Stained Glass Cookies Recipe

Stained Glass Cookies

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"Melted candies surrounded by dough to resemble stained glass windows."

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Original recipe makes 4 - 5 dozen Change Servings


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter or margarine, brown sugar and molasses until smooth. Blend in water. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture; blend well.
  2. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  3. Cut out paper stars, bells, or other christmas motifs. Trace onto a sheet of aluminum foil.
  4. Roll pieces of dough into ropes about 1/4-inch wide. Outline the designs with ropes of dough. Press ends lightly together.
  5. Separate candies by color. In a blender or food processor, coarsely crush candies. Fill in dough outlines with the candies.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 4 to 5 minutes or until cookie is set and candy melts. Cool on baking sheet.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 09, 2006

I just made cookies like (I used my usual cut-out recipe) this and it took till the 5th tray to get them off the pan. I used tin foil covered with nonstick spray. After I had the cookie on the pan, I covered the "opening" with more spray before filling with a whole Jolly Rancher (works better than lifesavers). After baking just till the candy melts, slide the whole sheet of tin foil off the pan and let the cookies cool completely. Turn the cookies upside down and peel off the foil. This is what finally worked for us. The results are beautiful!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 08, 2003

Very strong molasses flavor in dough. Use finely crushed candy, big chunks bubble. Keep ropes of dough very thin or cookie will be soft and break apart. Fun to do as a group activity, not individually unless you are very patient!! (Unless you halve recipe). Neat concept.


18 Ratings

Dec 21, 2004

cookies taste fine but how about including a reminder to grease the cookie sheet for those of us that dont bake except on holidays. these cookies are stuck permanently to my nonstick sheets.

Feb 10, 2004

These cookies are fabulous! I made them to take to my neighborhood cookie exchange and won first prize! I had made similar cookies about ten years ago, so was thrilled to "rediscover" the recipe. Instead of rolling dough into ropes, I used a large house cookie cutter and cut out smaller shapes inside. I also used Lifesavers instead of sourballs. Some of the houses resembles churches, some were schoolhouses, etc. The effect was truly charming. I would recommend this recipe to anyone, as they are not particularly difficult to make.

Dec 14, 2008

I love how this handles. I used regular Christmas cookie cutters and life savers. Parchment paper is the best invention for cookies. I used one piece for the entire batch of cookies. I think the next time I will up the measurement for the spices from 1/4 to 1/2 tesp. I could hardly taste the spices in he cookies. I also uped the oven temp. from 350 to 375 and baked the cookies for 7 minutes for a crispier cookie, my husband really loves these.

Nov 28, 2004

This is not the original "Land O" Lakes" recipe I had 20 yrs ago, that one didn't contain molasses. But it WORKS- the cookies are delicious.

Dec 18, 2006

Wow. I don't know what I did wrong, but the batter had the consistency of soup when it finished chilling. I ended up putting in extra flour and just making ginger cookies. They turned out great, though!

Nov 13, 2006

I loved the stain glass look!


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  • Calories
  • 58 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.3 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 0.6 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 48 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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