RECIPE #59: Stained Glass Window Sugar Cookie Ornaments

Stained Glass Window Sugar Cookie Ornaments
Makes 25 to 30 cookies

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/4 C sugar
1 C plus 2 T flour
2 T cornstarch
pinch of salt
1 t milk
18 clear hard candies in assorted colors like Jolly Ranchers
1 tube white writing icing
edible silver balls (found where icing is in the grocery store)

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar. Sift in flour and cornstarch with the salt and mix together with creamed butter and sugar. Add milk and knead to form a soft ball of dough.

On color at a time and using a rolling pin, crush candies in their wrappers. sprinkle four on a clean work surface and roll out the dough to about 1/4" thickness. Using a selection of Christmas cookie cutters, cut out shapes and arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment or other baking paper. Cut out a "window" in the center of each cookie, making sure you leave a good edge at the top and around the sides. Completely fill each cutout area with crushed candies of one color. Make a hole at the top of each cookie using a drinking straw so that you will be able to thread a ribbon through it later.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. While cookies are still warm, check that the holes are still there, otherwise gently push a straw through again. Do not remove the cookies from the baking sheets until they have cooled because the candies need to harden. Once set, gently lift cookies off paper with spatula and cool on wire racks.

Decorate cookies with white writing icing and edible silver balls. Thread ribbon through the holes to make loops for hanging.


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