Sugar cookies are so versatile, they can really be made in any shape and color. I’ve even used this recipe to make stained glass or window cookies and it worked like a charm. Icing and sprinkles can make for a really cute cookie but these cookies are delicious fresh out of the oven, just simple and classically delicious. I have dyed my sugar cookie dough before to make patriotic cookie pops and loved how those looked. I thought that ombre heart sugar cookies would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.
I started by mixing up a batch of my perfect sugar cookie dough. Then I divided into three parts; you can do this by eye, but they happen to be 1 pound each if you have a kitchen scale. Then I used Americolor gel paste to dye each piece of dough. I used deep pink, hot pink, and tulip red to achieve these colors.
Starting with the darkest color, I cut out large hearts. Then I cut out the centers using a medium heart shaped cutter. I set those aside. On a second piece of parchment paper, I rolled out the medium colored dough. I used the medium sized cookie cutter and cut out lots of hearts. Then I used the smallest heart shape cutter to cut out the centers. I put these hearts into the freezer while I worked on the smallest hearts. On a third piece of parchment, I rolled out the lightest pink dough and cut out the smallest hearts. Place these in the freezer as well. Now it’s time to assemble.
Start with the largest hearts, insert the frozen medium sized hearts inside. Then insert the smallest hearts in the center. Bake for about 8 minutes; the separate colors will bake together, forming a solid cookie. I realized I could make the ombre go both ways, from light to dark, and from dark to light, and that would use up all of the dough equally. The center color remains the same. You just need to roll half of the darkest color out and cut it with the largest heart cutter. Use the other half of the darkest color for the smallest heart. Then repeat with the lightest color of dough.
I can’t decide which pattern I like better, they are both so cute! I’m glad I went with both, that way I don’t have to choose.
My son Charlie really enjoys these cookies. He couldn’t wait for his turn to be in the picture!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I iced these with white royal icing and immediately dipped each one into crystal sugar. I couldn’t stop at just white.
Here they are pretty in pink!
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:
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:
Share these with the people you love; Happy Valentine’s Day!
These heart shaped cookies are so pretty. I probably have over 20 heart shaped cookie cutters but those are all the standard shape. These are so elegant and whimsical, I just had to have this cutter! And once I was buying the cookie cutter, I might as well buy some cookie stencils to go with it. That’s how I got this elegant white design on each cookie.
Using white royal icing to apply the stencil design gives these cookies great texture. I love using the stencil because each cookie comes out just as perfect as the one before and it’s so easy to do!
These can be made in any colors imaginable! They would be a great party favor for an engagement party, wedding or even a sweet sixteen! Order some for your next special occasion!