Stained Glass Valentine Cookies

I’m on a roll with the Valentine baking and crafts. I’m not sure what happened. We just started and now we can’t stop! When I saw these super cute cookies over at Family Fun I knew I had to try to make them. They are so clever and they look super cool, don’t you think? The Jolly Rancher in the center melts down and is transparent like. It actually looks like stained glass!

I have a good recipe for sugar cookies but I didn’t feel like making it. Do you ever get like that? I just wanted to try something new and I was looking for a recipe that you didn’t have to chill. I mean, I don’t mind taking a pause in my baking but sometimes it throws me off. I get on a roll, pause for a couple of hours, and then can’t get back into it. So I went surfing to find a new sugar cookie recipe. Where to start??? I knew Sue over at Munchkin Munchies wouldn’t let me down when I saw her No Fail Sugar Cookie recipe. So we started with that.

Ingredients:
* 6 cups flour
* 3 tsp. baking powder
* 2 cups butter
* 2 cups sugar
* 2 eggs
* 2 tsp. vanilla
* 1 tsp. salt
* Jolly Rancher candies

– Preheat over to 350 degrees.
– Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla.
– Mix dry ingredients and add to butter mixture.
– Roll to desired thickness. I always hate this part. I need those great rubber band things that you put on your roller to make the dough even. Mine always turns out wonky and uneven. But we try =o)
– Cut out shapes making a hole for the stained glass effect.
– Unwrap a Jolly Rancher and place in the center of your cookie

– Bake for about 8 minutes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (Maybe you don’t have to line it but I think with the candy it’s a good idea.)
– Let cool on the pan. This step is important because the candy needs to cool and harden up.

And there you have it – Stained Glass Valentine Cookies!

We ran out of Jolly Ranchers before we ran out of dough so we made frosted sugar cookies as well. These just look so festive to me. The frosting is just the powdered sugar and milk combination with a little bit of food coloring in it and then sprinkles on top.

And thank you, Sue! This sugar cookie recipe is wonderful! It’s definitely better than the one I have (and thought was the best!)

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  1. Those are so pretty! I feel the need to get into the Valentine spirit too. My daughter’s class wanted to know if I am going to make them bright pink heart shaped rice crispy treats again.

  2. very cool! i’ll have to bookmark this 🙂

    -Jackie
    http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/

  3. These cookies are just so pretty. I love how they really look like stained glass and I bet kids love the candy middles. By the way, I’m going to be starting a new linky party this week Saturday called “Sweets for a Saturday.” I hope you’ll be able to come by then and link these cuties up.

  4. Thanks for the link-love:) I have never made stained glass cookies, and never got around to it for Christmas(though it was on my list), so this is PERFECT! Your cookies are SO PRETTY! Thanks,Erin! You are so ahead of the game for V-day! Woo Hoo for you!

  5. I really dig this! Saving this idea in my ‘try someday…soon’ pile!

  6. These are so pretty and look delicious. They reminded me of a cookie my mom made when I was a kid, but we used lollipops and my job was to smash the lollipops into little pieces. I loved the finished cookies. I like the idea of the Jolly Rancher, no smashing needed.

    I like that these do not need to be refrigerated too. I usually do not read the recipe ahead and am really bummed when I have to stop in the middle and wait for the dough to sit in the fridge:)

  7. Please Please Please don’t stop with the Valentine-y ideas! I love em…it’s my favorite holiday and I soo love giving gifts from my heart…and my kitchen. These cookies are awesome – always wonderful when you can get the kids involved too. Thanks – keep up the great work!

  8. You are so talented and clever!! These are amazing! I would also like on or even a dozen of the frosted ones!! It all looks so delicious!

  9. So cute!!! I have so many Valentines things to go to this year. I may have to use this at one or two of them. Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can’t Wait to Try!

  10. Excellent. I’m going to try these for sure!

  11. Super sweet! I wish I had your energy! LOL
    Great job! And thank you for the recipe!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

  12. This looks really yummy! I’m going to have to give it a try!

  13. The jolly rancher is GENIUS!

  14. ERin, Looking for a guest blogger in March could you email me if you are interested.

    cthdesigns@comcast.net

    Have a great weekend

  15. Love this Valentine’s cookie! It does look like a little piece of stained glass in the center. And they are yummy!

  16. These look amazing…
    I tried your double chocolate cookies this week and they were a smash hit!
    It’s Food Fight Friday again if you’d like to share these!.
    http://choochmagooz.blogspot.com/2011/01/food-fight-friday-anything-goes.html

  17. I’m here from Katie’s Cucina (and I’m your newest follower). What a wonderful idea for the kiddos. I know my son’s class would love these (well, except for the ones with food allergies). I definitely need to make these. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  18. I’ve always wanted to try this! Your cookies look fabulous.

  19. Very Cute – I am going to have to try those.

    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Just swinging back to tell you I’m featuring this as one of the Making It With Allie Features this week! Come on by and grab a button!
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  21. I remember seeing this last year and thinking they were so pretty. I had no idea there was a jolly rancher in there! How creative!

  22. These are my absolute favorite. I have never had a chance to make them myself, so I will have to give your recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!!
    Hopped over from FTLOB and glad I did. Now to have a better peek around!

    http://texagermanadian.blogspot.com/

  23. Love these! So fun!

    http://chicagoquirk.blogspot.com

  24. Mmmmm….wonderful cookies! I used to make Stained Glass Christmas Cookies and had almost forgotten until I read your post just now!

    Thanks for a nice memory as well as some inspiration!

  25. Erin Love these. The centers are super cool!Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase – I greatly appreciate it. I’ll be featuring this today. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  26. This is such a fun idea can’t wait to try it with my kids! Thanks for Linking up to Your so Very Creative @ Me Making Do I featured this at Featuring You Friday come check it out and grab a button if you’d like!http://memakingdo.blogspot.com/2011/01/featuring-you-friday_28.html

  27. The stained glass cookies are so pretty. I never thought of using the jolly ranchers… that’s a good idea. Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday http://www.localfunforkids.com/

  28. Mmmm…these look really tasty and are so pretty! Can’t wait to try them over here!

  29. Oooh, how fun! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  30. I’ve never heard of using Jolly Ranchers candies before!! That is absolutely genius. I love jolly ranchers, so i gotta try this =)

  31. They look so yummy! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from JaDaniel4’s V-Day Party

  32. great idea using a jolly rancher in the center!!!

  33. They look great!! I may just use those for the bake sale I am baking for this weekend.
    Was wondering if you would consider linking up to my Valentines Activities Link Up
    http://totsandme.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentines-activities-link-up.html

  34. Yum. Just like Marthas.

  35. These look perfect for Valentine’s and so pretty! We made them a couple years back for the 4th of July and crushed the Jolly Ranchers and they were everywhere since the bag broke. It’s good to know that they dont have to be crushed! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party 🙂

  36. Very pretty! I’ve always thought these looked fun to make but haven’t tried for myself yet.

  37. Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time. Good luck!

  38. Such a cute idea for the upcoming holiday!

  39. Very nice! Think I’m gonna make that cookies too for the holiday.

  40. I’d love it if you’d come by Themed Baker’s Sunday and share your treat! This week’s theme is cookies!
    See you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2012/01/themed-bakers-sunday-21.html

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  42. So perfect and pretty. Would love it if you’d stop by my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Ducks ‘n a Row and share it this week. ♥ We go live Tuesday evening at 7pm EST.