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stained glass tulips

stained glass tulips

I’ve seen stained glass cookies for Christmas, but these are great for Spring! These Stained Glass Tulip Cookies from Woman’s Day use a basic sugar cookie dough (with a little ginger added) and put them on a stick. They add hard candies into cut outs in the dough to make that spectacular stained glass effect. When I’ve made these before, I found it really helps to have something between the cookies and pan, ie. foil or parchment paper, so they don’t stick to the pan.

Stained Glass Tulip Cookies

INGREDIENTS:
3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp each ground ginger and vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
30 lollipop sticks
About 50 assorted colors Life Savers or Jolly Ranchers hard candies, each color crushed separately

PREPARATION:

1. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy. On low speed beat in next 5 ingrdients to combine. Gradually beat in flour until blended.

2. Divide dough in half; shape each into a 1-in.-thick disk. Wrap and refrigerate 30 mijnutes, or until firm enough to roll.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets(s) with foil; coat with nonstick spray. Have ready a 3 1/4 x 2 1/2-in. tulip cookie cutter.

4. On lightly floured wax paper, with floured rolling pin, roll out 1 disk dough (keep other refrigerated) to 1/4-in. thick. Cut out tulips. Place 2 in. apart on lined baking sheets, with tops of tulips along long edges of sheet. Insert a lollipop stick in bottom of each. Using a small, pointed knife cut “windows” in tulips. Re-roll and cut scraps twice. Repeat with remaining dough.

5. Bake 1 sheet at a time 8 minutes, or until just barely tinged brown at edges. Using a small spoon, fill cutouts with candy until level with top of dough. Brush off stray bits. Bake 4 minutes, or until candy melts.

6. Cool on sheet on a wire rack 7 to 10 minutes until “glass” cools and hardens. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.