Stained Glass Gingerbread Cookies

Stained Glass Gingerbread Cookies are so fun to make, beautiful to look at, and tasty to eat

I say this every year, but I can’t believe how fast Christmas creeps up! As soon as Halloween ends, all the stores pull out the Christmas displays and some of my neighbours already have their Christmas lights up on their houses. And I start baking cookies! I’m not much of a baker the rest of the year, but over the holidays I love to bake cookies and other goodies. One of our family’s favourite Christmas cookies is gingerbread. As soon as my kids see me making up the dough, they come over to help out. Picking out the cookie cutters and cutting out shapes in the dough seems to be everyone’s favourite part. I have a huge bag of various Christmas cookie cutters that I  bring out for the kids to rummage through, and the kids all pick out their favourites.

Stained Glass Gingerbread Cookies are so fun to make, beautiful to look at, and tasty to eat

I decided to try a spin on our usually gingerbread cookies by adding “stained glass” in the centres. We had a fair amount of candy left over from Halloween, so I had lots of lollipops and Life-savers to crush up to create the look of stained glass. It’s really easy to do, and best of all, the “glass” tastes delicious!

Stained Glass Gingerbread Cookies are so fun to make, beautiful to look at, and tasty to eat

When you hold the cookies up to the light, you can see the lovely colours shining through. They’d actually make great decorations for your windows or tree – just add a hole to the top by sticking a straw in the dough before you bake them. That way, you can put ribbon or string through them for hanging.

Stained Glass Gingerbread Cookies are so fun to make, beautiful to look at, and tasty to eat

 

It’s good to use a silicone liner when baking these, so you can peel the cookie with melted candy off the sheet more easily. Trudeau gave me one of their silicone liners to try, and they worked perfectly for these cookies. The star and circle shaped cookie cutters also came from Trudeau. If you want to win some of their bakeware, please check out my Instagram contest.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup fancy molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp gingerbread spice blend
  • 8 ounces (approx.) crushed fruit-flavoured hard candies or lollipops (enough to make about a cup of crushed candy)

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat together softened butter and sugar until creamy. 
  2. Add molasses and egg, and continue to beat for about 3 minutes on medium speed.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and spice.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, while mixing on low speed.
  5. Once the mixture forms a stiff dough, separate it into two portions and wrap them in plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  7. Roll out the cold dough on a well-floured surface until the dough is about 1/4″ thick.
  8. Cut out shapes of cookies and cut out a shape in the centre of each cookie where you’ll place the crushed candies for stained glass.
  9. On silicone-lined or parchment-line baking sheets, lay out the cookies.
  10. Spoon crushed candy into the middle of the cookies (you can use more than one colour next to each other for a multi-coloured look).
  11. Bake at 375F for 6-8 minutes, until candies are melted and bubbling.
  12. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. I love baking cookies this time of year too…there’s just something so nostalgic about it. I love your stained glass cookies, these are ones I’ve never attempted to make, but I really should!

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  2. Oh gosh, what an inventive idea, melting crushed lollipops and life savers to create stained glass. Really good idea. Beautiful too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Beautiful cookies Megan! I love the photo of your daughter breaking a cookie – sheer delight on her face. I’ve never made stained glass cookies, but your explanation has just convince me that it’s easy enough for me to try! Hope you guys have a truly wonderful holiday season!

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  4. Around here there are Christmas items up in stores before Halloween is even over!!! It is crazy! Since I am done Christmas shopping, I can enjoy these cookies with my daughter (who would not complain at all about these!) So fun!

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  5. I had no idea that this was how stained glass cookies were made! I have stumbled across them in shops and bakeries but never thought I could recreate them at home. My little nephew would love these!

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  6. I do really love gingerbread as well. And I saw these while bakc but was wondering how they did the stain glass! Lollipop! Of course, very cool cookies Megan.

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  7. Vicky Chin says:

    Lovely cookies ! What a great way of using up leftover candies ! My daughter will love to make these with me ! Thanks for sharing ! And it was a great round-up ! Happy Holidays !

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