Updated: 12/21/2016 3:46 PM
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Stained Glass Cookie Ornaments
Day 10 in our 12 Days of Cookies series, presented by Land O’Lakes, took an unexpected turn when pastry chef Zöe François busted out a pile of watermelon Jolly Ranchers and blitzed them up in a spice grinder. Turns out, those super sweet candies melt perfectly into a colorful “stained glass” that fill Zöe’s ginger cookies. The gorgeous treats can even be hung on a tree as an edible holiday decoration!
And for more fabulous holiday baking ideas from Land O’Lakes, go to their web site.
Stained Glass Holiday Cookies
Gingerbread cookie dough:
¼ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
¼ cup molasses
2 tablespoons water
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Hard candies, such as Jolly Ranchers
Mix cookie dough:
- Cream the butter, sugar, molasses and water in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the flour, soda, spice and salt, mix until incorporated.
- Wrap dough and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Trace the pattern you want to make on a sheet of parchment. You can use a simple design or one more intricate, but make sure they image leaves enough room to easily fill the spaces with candy.
- Line your patterned parchment into a baking sheet. Use the gingerbread cookie dough to create 1/8-inch thick ropes and lay them over the pattern on the parchment.
- Bake the cookie dough for about 3 minutes, just to set it. Allow the cookie dough to cool completely before adding the candy.
- Crush candy into small pieces.
- Arrange the crushed candy in the spaces between the set cookie dough.
- Bake the cookies for about 5 minutes, until the candies have melted and are smooth. They will be very sticky when hot, but as soon as they cool they will peel right off the parchment.
- There is usually a bubble from the candy that will allow you to thread a ribbon in the glass. Don’t try to hang it from the cookie edge, because the cookie alone won’t be strong enough to hold it up.