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Stained Glass Cookie Ornaments Recipe

Stained Glass Cookie Ornaments Recipe

Bring back sweet memories of the magic of Christmases past with these fancy jewel-colored cookie ornaments. You can make they in a variety of seasonal shapes and sizes, and hang them on a tree, in the window, or on an ornament stand. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min. YIELD:82 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Assorted colors of Jolly Rancher hard candies
  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 2-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Divide into three portions; cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. ornament-shaped cookie cutters. Cut out centers with a 1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place larger cutouts 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Poke a small hole in the top of each cookie. Repeat with remaining dough; reroll small cutouts if desired.
  • 3. Place the same color of hard candies in small resealable plastic bags; crush candies. Sprinkle in center of each. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2-3 minutes or until candies are set before carefully removing to wire racks.
  • 4. In a small bowl, beat meringue powder and water until soft peaks form. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar. Decorate cookies with icing. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Editor's Note: Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit wilton.com.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 86 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 81 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.