This week I’m hosting a Valentine’s Day Series with 8 different guest bloggers ready to share creative crafts, home decor and recipes! New posts will be at 5am and 3pm Monday through Thursday, with a wonderful round up of my favorite Valentine’s Day projects on Friday. HOPE YOU ENJOY! Next up: The Outlaw Mom! Take it away Chrissy!!
Hi, I’m Chrissy from The Outlaw Mom!
This recipe is really simple and you’ll end up with super fabulous cookies to share with your friends and loved ones this Valentine’s Day. (Or you can eat them by yourself, like I did with my entire first batch)!
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 6-8 oz Jolly Rancher hard candies (or substitute your favorite hard candy)
- Large and small heart-shaped cookie cutters (or a sharp knife)
- Silpat baking pad (or parchment or waxed paper)
- Baking sheet
(adapted from Gourmet’s recipe for Stained Glass Teardrops)
First, make your cookie dough – which needs to be chilled for at least 2 hours.
- In a small bowl, whisk the salt and flour together.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Then, beat in the egg and vanilla.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and mix at low speed until just combined.
- Form the dough into 3 equal disks and individually wrap and chill the disks until firm.
Once your dough is ready, it’s only a few simple steps to gorgeous Valentine’s Day cookies! It doesn’t make a difference whether you completely pulverize the candy or use larger chips. It will all melt together during the baking process.
Don’t forget (like I did the first time around) to use a Silpat pad, parchment paper, or waxed paper or it will be impossible to get the melted candy off of your baking sheet! If you don’t use a cookie cutter for the cutout, try to smooth the edges or the color of the melted candies will bleed into any jagged edges.
Try to keep the crushed candy within the cutout borders if you want an absolutely pristine look, otherwise you’ll end up with tiny sprinkles of color on your cookie or the color may overflow. (Not necessarily a bad thing)!
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden.
Thank you SO MUCH Chrissy for sharing your delicious and adorable stained glass cookies! I appreciate you being a part of my series. You can find The Outlaw Mom on Facebook or Twitter or on her blog daily at www.TheOutlawMom.com.