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Stained Glass Easter Sugar Cookies

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Easter time in my home is always filled with an abundance of goodies. I love to bake different types of sweet treats to share with our friends and family. These Easter sugar cookies are perfect for any Easter or Spring celebration. Not only are they unique, they are delicious as well. They also make great decorations. These cookies are simple enough to make, that even a non baker will be able to make them with ease.

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Here is what you will need:

Sugar cookie dough (I used Martha Stewart recipe http://www.marthastewart.com/338471/basic-sugar-cookies ) If you use your own dough make sure it is good for sugar cookie cut outs. If the dough is too soft the candy will spill out and not stay inside the desired area.

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  • Egg shaped cookie cutter
  • Small shaped cookie cutters – these will be used for the stained glass candy area on the cookie, so be sure they are much smaller than the egg shape.
  • 1 drinking straw
  • Parchment paper
  • 1 roll of thin ribbon
  • Zip lock bags
  • 1 bag of Lifesavers or Jolly Rancher hard candy
  • 1 spoon (used to crush the hard candies)
  • Scissors
  • Baking sheet (not shown in picture)
  • rolling-pin (not shown in picture)

 

Optional:

  • 1 non stick silicone baking mat

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Directions:

1. Freeze your dough for 10-20 minutes or until firm.

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2. Between 2 sheets of parchment paper roll out your dough (if it is a little sticky you can use a little flour on the dough).

3. Take the egg-shaped cookie cutter and cut out as many egg shapes as you can. When you are done you can roll out your dough again and continue cutting out egg shapes until you reach your desired amount.

4. Using the smaller cookie cutters, cut out shapes inside the egg.

5. Line your baking sheet with the silicone mat or parchment paper.

6. Place your sugar cookie cutouts on the baking sheet, then freeze them until they become hard.

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7. Crush the hard candies and place them in ziplock bags according to their color.

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8. Remove your cookies from the freezer and begin filling them with little pinches of crushed candies. Be careful to not over fill the cavity, it will leak out if you do.

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9. Punch a hole in the top of each cookie with the drinking straw. (you may skip this step if you do not plan on stringing them with ribbon)

10. Pre-heat your oven to the desired temperature of your cookie recipe.

11. Bake your cookies according to the time stated on your recipe

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12. Take your cookies out of the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet (do not try to pick up your cookies, the candy inside needs time to solidify).

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13. Cut off some strands of ribbon and string them on your cookies.

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Congratulations your cookies are complete. You can now decorate with them, or just enjoy eating them.

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Dawn Maltin is a Loving wife and devoted stay at home mom to three amazing little boys. Her philosophy is family first and everything else second. She is a self proclaimed craft-a-holic. When she is not knee deep in family adventures you can find her making,baking and crafting just about any and everything. If she does not know how to make something, you can be sure she will learn and master it before too long. She also has a love for fine dining,travel and reading.
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