Stained Glass Cookies

One of my friends has been asking me to make him stained glass cookies forever.  It has turned into a running joke between us.  When I heard he got engaged, I knew that I could not show up to his engagement party without these cookies.  The only problem was that I had never made stained glass cookies before.  After a little bit of research I learned that all I needed was sugar cookie dough and some hard candies and voila!

Stained Glass Cookies

I rolled out sugar cookie dough on the thinner side (my recipe puffs up a bit) and cut out large heart shaped cookies.  Then I cut a medium heart out of the large one and set it aside.  From the medium heart I cut out a  small heart out and placed it inside the large heart.  I filled the gap in with crushed hard candy and filled the medium hearts with the hard candy as well.  I chose red hard candies because it also happens to be Valentine’s Day, but any color would work.

Heart Shaped Stained Glass Cookies

I recommend rolling out, cutting out, and adding the crushed candy to these cookies directly on parchment paper so you don’t need to use a lot of flour underneath.  This should help candy from melting underneath the cookies as they bake.  Transfer the whole sheet of parchment paper with the prepared cookies to a baking sheet.  Then  bake  at 350°F for 8-10 minutes.  As the cookies bake, the hard candies melt and spread into a gorgeous thin glass layer.  Please allow them to cool before handling because they are super hot!

Stained Glass Heart Cookies

These are the classic stained glass cookies aka window cookies.  They are cute and all, but I had to take them a step or two further.  I saw this idea on this great blog named The Decorated Cookie.  You can see the original post here.

Stained Glass Cookie Dough

I started this project by cutting a heart out of sugar cookie dough.  Then I cut a smaller heart out of one side.  I placed a lollipop stick under the dough and filled the little heart with crushed hard candy.  While in the oven, the cookie bakes onto the stick and the hard candy fills the heart shaped hole.  Once the cookies were cool, it was time to decorate.

Sparkly Stained Glass Cookies

I iced these with white royal icing and immediately dipped each one into crystal sugar.  I couldn’t stop at just white.

Sparkly Pink Stained Glass Cookies

Here they are pretty in pink!

Sparkly Red Stained Glass Cookies

I decorated these cookies in red as well.  These are really perfect for Valentine’s Day! These sparkly stained glass heart cookies were a great idea and I’m so glad that I found this idea!  I had to put my own spin on them though and this is what I came up with:

Heart Shaped Love Stained Glass Cookies

I iced these in white royal icing and let them dry overnight.  I then used one of my cookie stencils to apply the word “Love” and a few little hearts.  Here is the whole collection:

Stained Glass Cookie Collection

Share these with the people you love; Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • sniffle, sniffle, I think I might cry. These are just just just so beautiful!! So well done. Thank you for linking to moi! 🙂

    • My pleasure! Thanks for the fabulous idea! I wish I had the time and patience to paint all the lollipop sticks as well. That was just over the top!

  • So beautiful! I love that you took a gorgeous cookie and made it even more gorgeous. How long would you say this project took form start to finish?

    • I always work in stages; I make my cookie dough, shape and bake the cookies at one time and then make my icing and ice them at a later time, usually the next day. It also depends on how many cookies you want to make. If I had to estimate how long a small batch of cookies would take I would say 3-4 hours.

  • I like lot cookie cakes. Thanks for interesting article. I love to make cream cakes and present to the occasion for the friends.

  • angela

    so I tried making these based on how easy you made it look. And all I can say is “I call shenanigans!” The sugar cookie recipe rose so that the cookies covered most of the candy. The candy melted into the entire bottom of the cookie. AND THEY STICK TO THE PAN! No normal person will be able to pry them off without it looking like a 2yr old went at them. So my valentines cookies were a total bust and I am apologizing to a 3 and 5 yr old right now. 🙁

    • I’m so bummed to hear that! My cookie dough does rise and puff up a bit but it shouldn’t have covered the candy. Maybe it needed to be rolled thinner. You also need to use parchment paper or a silpat when baking so the candy doesn’t melt and bake onto the pan.

  • Emilie

    Can these be completely decorated and then frozen for a week or two? Or should I bake them then freeze and then decorate right before the big day? Thanks

    • LilMissCakes

      They should freeze beautifully. I’ve frozen the decorated cookies before and they were perfect. The cookies with the melted candies (stained glass cookies) should also freeze nicely, I would just layer them with parchment or wax paper in between so they don’t stick. Good luck!