Recipe to Try: Stained Glass Cookies!

It`s that time of year again: the holiday season! And with the holiday season comes lots of baking and goodies! This stained glass cookie recipe is one I`ve been meaning to try for awhile because they look SO COOL and taste delicious. Essentially, the idea is you cut out the center of the cookie and place a Jolly Rancher in the center as the stained glass portion of the cookie. NOTE: Make sure to the cut the dough when it`s cold as it makes it a lot easier! Check out the recipe below or at the link and let me know if you have any questions!

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
4 large egg yolks
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
Very finely crushed hard candy (I used Jolly Ranchers), 1 cup total

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat to combine. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat to combine.
2. Form dough into 2 disks, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350F.
4. Working with one disk at a time, roll out dough between floured parchment paper to 1/8-inch thickness. Stack dough in parchment on a baking sheet; refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).
5. With a 2-1/2-inch circle cutter, cut out dough. Place cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheets. With a 1-inch star cutter, cut out dough in center of each cookie. Bake until cookies are pale but set, 8-10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. [This step works best when the dough is COLD - the warmer is gets, the more difficult it becomes to cut out the shapes; I used a cookie cutter set made for linzer cookies; cut the circle out first THEN cut out the small center shape, it just works better that way]
6. Remove sheets from oven; fill cutouts with crushed candy. Bake until cookies begin to brown at edges and candy is melted, about 3 minutes. [Be careful to fill only the cutouts and to not allow any candy to overflow onto the cookie surface, otherwise it will melt and stain the cookie -- as you can see in parts of my cookies! No perfection here, folks!]
7. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.

Happy baking! :)

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