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Stained Glass Cutout Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Marie Bostwick
  • Yield: Amounts will vary



  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Clear sugar candies, such as Life Savers
  • Flour


  • Plastic zipper bags
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters of the same shape in different sizes
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
  2. Separate the candies by color and place them into individual plastic zipper bags. Use a rolling pin to crush the candies into shards. Set aside.
  3. Roll the dough out onto a well-floured surface to approximately a quarter-inch thickness. Place a large cutter onto the dough. Center the smaller cutter inside the larger, then press down to cut out the cookie. Remove the center cutout. (Bake as a separate cookie or incorporate back into dough for next batch of cookies.)
  4. Carefully transfer the cutouts onto the prepared baking sheet and fill with shard of crushed candy. (Use only one color for each cookie.).
  5. Place baking sheet of prepared cookies into the preheated oven. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, or until cookies are just beginning to brown. (Baking times may vary, depending on the size of the cookie.)
  6. Remove baking sheet from oven. Stained glass centers will be liquid and extremely hot but will harden as the cookies cool. Don’t touch, taste, or attempt to remove the cookies from the baking sheet until they are completely cool.