This is a Martha recipe...so you know it's good. Plus, another fun recipe for the kids where they can cut out the cookies and even design the "stained glass".
The original recipe suggested Jolly Rancher candies but I actually think cheap, generic lollipops are better. You can crush them in their shrink-wrap packages to minimize the mess. Plus, I thought the candy, once turned into a window, was crisper and didn't stick to your teeth as much as the Jolly Ranchers.
- 2+ cups of flour -- for the cookies and the work surface
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- a package* of hard candies (about 2 dozen lollipops or 30 Jolly Ranchers)
- *buy more than a single package if you're trying to create a specific color scheme from a package of assorted candies.
Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy -- about 3 minutes.
Mix in egg.
Once combined, slowly** add in the flour mixture.
Stir in vanilla then wrap dough in plastic.
Chill for about 45 minutes until cold.
Pre-heat oven to 325.
Roll out dough on floured surface until about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out shapes, including a ''window'' in the middle. Place cookies on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Re-roll scraps until all cookies have been cut out.
Fill the cookie ''windows'' with crushed candy. Remember, in the oven the candy will melt and fill out the space so you don't have to make sure all surfaces are covered.
Chill cookies again for another 15 minutes, until dough is firm.
Bake until cookies turn golden brown and candy melts to fill the ''window'', about 11 minutes. Beware, the ''glass'' may become bubbly if you keep the cookies in the oven too long.
Place baking sheets on metal racks*** to let the cookies cool.
Remove with metal spatula and serve or store.
**to avoid dust ups
***I just use my stove top burner grate