Stained Glass Cookies

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There is nothing prettier than stained glass. Now you can bring that into your cookies. Stained Glass Cookies are perfect for the holidays. Picture perfect cookies that taste amazing. Use these sugar cookies for your cookie tray or give some away to friends and family.

A plate full of the stained cookies.

Stained Glass Sugar Cookies

This year, level up your sugar cookies with these stained glass sugar cookies. This gorgeous effect is made by melting your favorite hard candies into the space of the cookies. This is going to become your new holiday go to baked treat.

Are These Cookies Hard to Eat?

No, these sugar cookies are not hard to eat. The cookie is very soft and delectable. The hard candied ‘glass’ is thin and not too thick where it would make it difficult to eat.

Important Ingredients You Will Need to Make Stained Glass Cookies

  • Butter and Sugar- You want to make sure that you cream the butter and sugar together well. This is the most important step in making the cookies. Make sure you beat it for about 3 minutes.
  • Sea Salt– This touch of salt brings out the flavors in the cookies. Salt in baked goods is a vital step that you should never skip.
  • Jolly Rancher Candies- Jolly Ranchers melt the best and give multiple flavors. You can use other candies too. I recommend using whatever candy you love since this adds a lot of flavor to the cookies.

Can I Use a Different Type of Candy?

While jolly ranchers look best for these types of cookies, there are plenty more types of candy you can use for a recipe like this. You can crush and melt down crushed lollipops, butterscotch, and peppermint candies.

How to Make Stained Glass Cookies

Step 1- Wet Ingredients.

Add the butter, sugar, and sea salt into the standing mixer and combine until smooth and creamy for about 3 minutes (use a spatula to scrape the bowl as needed)

Adding the butter and sugars.

Put in the eggs and vanilla and combine for an additional minute until combined.

Adding in the eggs and vanilla.

Step 2- Dry Ingredients.

Slowly add in the flour on medium-low until combined and a dough has formed.

Adding the flour to the dough.

Wrap the dough in plastic tightly and place it for 2 hours in the fridge (if you want to work in smaller batches, you can separate the dough into 2 portions)

Wrapping the dough in plastic wrap.

Step 3- Making the Cookies.

Set the oven to 350 degrees and use parchment paper to line a cookie sheet. Remove the dough from the fridge and sprinkle flour on a flat surface and flip the dough onto the floured surface. Top the dough with some flour and roll the dough into a 1/4-inch thick using a rolling pin (add more flour to keep it from sticking).

Rolling the cookie dough.

Cut out the “panes” of the cookie dough using a large cookie cutter and place them onto the cookie sheet. Cut out smaller shapes using the small cookie cutter and use the remaining dough for more cookies or small mini cookies.

Cutting out the cookie shapes.

Step 4- Stained Glass.

Crush the jolly ranchers and put them in the center of the cookie cutouts until it is nearly full (make it as even as possible, not a mound).

A tray full of the stained glass cookies.

Set in the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes or until it becomes brown on the edges and the candy is melted in the middle. Take it out of the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet before taking it off.

A stained glass cookie broken in half on a stand.

Can You Freeze Stained Glass Cookies?

Yes, you can freeze these cookies. You will need to place them in an airtight container and line each layer of cookies with parchment paper to keep them from sticking together. These cookies can then last up to 3 months.

The stained glass cookies on a white table.

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The stained glass cookies on white stands.

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Stained Glass Cookies

There is nothing prettier than stained glass. Now you can bring that into your cookies. Stained Glass cookies are perfect for the holidays. Picture perfect cookies that taste amazing. Use these sugar cookies for your cookie tray or gives some away to friends and family.
Servings: 2 dozen
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 42 minutes


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large eggs room temperature, and beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups and ¼ cup all-purpose flour divided
  • 2 cups Jolly Ranchers Candies crushed into small chunks


  • Using a stand mixer and paddle attachment cream together softened butter, granulated sugar, and sea salt until smooth and creamy (about 3 minutes). Scrape down sides as needed and continue to mix.
  • Add in beaten eggs and vanilla and mix until combined (about 1 minute or so).
  • Gradually add in the flour and mix on medium-low until well combined.
  • Tightly wrap your dough ball in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours. You can separate it into 2 balls if you prefer to work with smaller batches.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Take your dough out of the fridge.
  • Use some of the extra flour to sprinkle on a clean countertop and turn the dough out onto it.
  • Sprinkle the dough ball with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to about ¼ inch thick. Use more of the extra flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to the counter or rolling pin.
  • Use a large cookie cutter to cut out “panes” of cookie dough and transfer them to the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Use a smaller cookie cutter out of the panes and remove them, adding them to the extra dough that you will roll out for more cookies, or use them for smaller mini cookies.
  • Place crushed hard candies in the cut-out of the cookie dough panes. You want to fill it nearly full with the hard candy crumbs and be sure it is in an even layer, not mounded in the center.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown and the candies are completely melted.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet before removing.

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