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Stained Glass Heart Cookies

No recipe image available.Crushed red hard candies melt inside the cut-outs of these heart cookies to form the 'stained glass' in these whimsical cookies.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup red hard candies, crushed
Prepared frosting (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. In medium bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. Gradually stir flour mixture into sugar mixture, stirring until dough is very stiff. Cover and chill in refrigerate at least 3 hours, or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  3. In lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. To prevent cookies from becoming tough and brittle, try not to incorporate a lot of surface flour. Using a large heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out heart pattern. Transfer cookies to foil-lined baking sheet.
  4. Using a small heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out and remove heart design from center of each cookie. (If cookie cutters are not available, cut out shapes using a small knife.) Fill the cut out sections with crushed candy.
  5. Bake cookies 7 to 9 minutes, or until lightly browned and candy has melted. Do not overcook. When done, slide foil off baking sheet. Carefully loosen cookies from foil when cooled. If desired, pipe decorative borders with frosting around edges.

Makes 30 cookies.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/30 of recipe): 87 calories; 13 g carbohydrate; 3 g fat.

Recipe provided courtesy of The Sugar Association, Inc.