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Do I absolutely have to use the cookie dough recipe? I am a hazard in the kitchen, so I think it would be easier to buy the ready made dough. Will that work?
Hi, Mi Vo Vong! You could certainly try it with store bought dough.
This dough was so hard and crumbly I couldn’t roll it out. Maybe 2 eggs are needed?
On the heart stained glass Christmas cookies there is the word Noel stamped in small letters? I’m not a crafty so I don’t know how I can do that. Can anybody help me?
You can buy the letter stamps for cookies at craft stores. :)
Dear Elise my name is Nicole Putkisto I recently viewed your recipes for the spritz cookies and the stained glass cookies. I was wondering if you think it would be possible to use the stained glass method for the center of the spritz cookie recipe?
Hi Nicole, well the spritz cookies you push through a press, so I don’t know how you would adjust them so that they would have the stained glass center.
Thank you for the tip. My cookies turned out nice… well not as nice as ur images. :)
A tip for anyone in South East Asia/ India : Use poppins, nothing else gives that glazed effect. i tried almost everything.
Thank you so much for this beautiful recipes, I have tried a few of your recipes(lot of your ingredients are not available in India.
When I tried this recipe, my dough became very sticky and just won’t leave the baking paper. Can I add more flour to it?
I would try refrigerating the dough first. If that doesn’t help, add a little bit more flour. ~Elise
Just read one of the other comments–to insure cookie removal with ease: I used parchment paper also and allowed the cookie (namely the candy part) to cool a few minutes before removing.
I made these mini art pieces this Christmas and hung them in our kitchen window (beneath a real piece of stained glass) and they looked amazing! Loved how glass-like the Jolly Ranchers appeared. I also cheated and used sugar cookie mix, but it still functioned the same way and came out just fine! These were a hit–will definitely make these for gifts again next year.
I had the same issue as Noa with many of the cookies sticking to the paper, although we ate them just the same. We then tried to spray PAM on the tray instead of using parchment paper, but to little avail. I would love to know the secret to not getting the candy filling to stick to the paper or tray!
I just made my first batch of these. Last time I made something like this, I was about 13 and in Home Ec class. They are rather involved, but turned out great. I found these awesome candy canes by Wonka called “Original Spree” candy canes, very beautiful. These appear to be only issued during the holidays. Anyway, they melted beautifully without being too hard (came out a little chewy, in fact) and did a true stained glass look, with multi-colored “panes”. I’ll have to blog about this culinary success. YAY! o/
OK, so how do you keep the candy filling from sticking to the paper? I used parchment paper on my cookie sheet, but after it cooled, and I tried to lift the cookies off, the candy part was completely stuck to the paper! We ate around that part because we didn’t want to eat paper :) I would love to know the secret to keep this from happening.
I use aluminum foil and peel off after cookies have cooled.
For those outside the US, hard candy is equivalent to boiled sweets in the UK (e.g. pear drops, rhubarb and custard, Fox’s glacier fruits) or boiled lollies, e.g. barleysugar in NZ and Australia.
I made these and they were so fun! The one thing I did have a problem with was that the Lifesavers candies didn’t cook clear like the Jolly Ranchers did. I will exclusively use Jolly Ranchers from now on they give the best “glass” look. And they didn’t bake as long, but other than that they were fantastic.
Be careful what shapes you use for this. I have a small gingerbread man cookie cutter but not much else so I cut a small hole in each and filled with candy. While cooking, the candy bubbled over the edges of the middle circle. The green Jolly Ranchers didn’t have much colour, but the red ones made the little men look like they had gaping gunshot wounds right in the middle of the chest. Tasty but frightening.
Love these! I’ve been making these for over 30 years.. They were great fun when I was a kid. Now as a mom, I cheat and use frozen cookie dough, still taste the same. I did notice that I had to make sure the rolling pin and cutting board were well floured prior to working with the dough or it was a sticky mess. Otherwise, I’m sure this is one of those recipes that my own kids will teach their kids, and so on…
I used honey instead of molasses and it turned out great! Very delicious cookies! But the “glass” part not so well… Wax paper sticks to it, and there is nothing you can do about it. And there are bunch of tiny bubbles on the glass, so it doesn’t look perfect at all. I tried to zoom in the original picture from the recipe – looks like there are bubbles there too. Great idea but very hard to make it perfect:-(
Is it okay to use honey instead of the molasses?
You could try it that way. I haven’t made the substitution so don’t know how it would turn out. ~Elise
Can I use refridgerated store bought sugar cookie mix?
No idea. But if you try it, please let us know how it turns out for you. ~Elise
I am new to Christmas cookie baking – these were easy, came out beautifully – thanks so much. The hardest part was finding cookie cutters that fit inside of each other – I used two different stars – I will look for trees for next year.
I used Lifesavors and the red came out the best!!!
Egads! These are beautiful and the recipe seems very simple. Somehow I was wrong though. I’ve been waiting for two weeks to make these for Christmas and made them today. My cookies stuck to the paper so horribly I had to use flour.. which created more monster problems. Also I was so careful with the filling not to stray any out of the little cutouts.. but they bubbled all over anyway. I was intending to use these hanging from a small tree as the center piece on the food table.. now I cannot, they look like a tot made them and we don’t have children yet!