Stained Glass Ornament Cookies



You will want to decorate the tree with these stunning and simple sugar cookies with melted hard candies in the center for a stained glass look. 

Makes 35 cookies


Things you'll need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Pining Tips: #12, #2
  • Piping bags
  • Ornament cookie cutters
  • Small variety of cookie cutter (circle, diamond, oval, star)
  • Rolling pin
  • Red ribbon


  • White royal icing
  • Crushed hard candies (Jolly Ranchers)

Let's get started!

  1. Sugar Cookies: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  5. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture until combined.
  6. Shape the dough into a disk about 1/2" thick and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 325F°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4" inch thick. Cut cookies and place 1 inch apart on the baking sheets.
  9. Using the #12 piping tip, cut a small hole for the ribbon at the top leaving a 1/4" inch of dough around the hole. 
  10. Cut out the centers of each ornament using the various cutter shapes.
  11. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely.
  12. Fill the holes of the cookies with crushed hard candies and place back in the oven for 4-5 minutes, until the candy melts for a stained glass look.
  13. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes.


Let's Decorate!

  1. Fill a small piping bag fitted with a #2 tip with royal icing. Pipe designs all over the edge of the cookie. Let dry at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Cut small pieces of ribbon and tie them through the holes at the top of the cookie to create an ornament!



Written By Rosanna Pansino

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