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Stained Glass Cookie Ornaments

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.
  • Makes
    about 7 dozen

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, beat meringue powder and water until soft peaks form. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar. Decorate cookies with icing.
Editor's Note
Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit wilton.com.
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  • amberjcarothers
    Dec 14, 2014

    can you eat these or are they just a decoration ?

  • jolederman
    Jul 9, 2010

    Can fruit roll-ups replace hard candies? Other than that question, I would leave recipe alone.