Stained Glass Cookies
Colorful candy window cookies you can eat or hang for a sweet holiday decoration!
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/ 2 teaspoons salt
1 1/ 2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Multi-colored and flavored hard candies
Plastic sandwich bags (one for each color)
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; set aside.
- In large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; mix well. Stir in flour mixture until just blended. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Line baking sheets with aluminum foil; set aside.
- Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into strips about 1/4-inch thick. Use to make the cookie outlines on the prepared baking sheets. Pinch ends together well. Add a crisscross in the center of each outline with additional strips. Be creative and design any shape that comes to the imagination, as long as you leave "windows" for filling.
- Sort the candies into plastic bags by color. Crush them with a wooden kitchen mallet or rolling pin. Use the crushed candy to fill the openings in the cookies.
- If you want to hang the cookies on your Christmas tree, thicken dough at the top and punch a hole with a straw before baking.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned. Cool completely, then peel off foil.
Makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen cookies.