Tastes of the Old Country Here

Valentine’s Day: Meh

stained glass cookies

Playing it more low key than last year but hard for me to turn down a day to show my favorite people how much I love them.   Pulling out a recipe I made for classmates back when you were psyched to get a Snoopy Valentine’s Day card.  This recipe is super easy and can be further simplified by grabbing Pillsbury sugar cookie dough.

Stay tuned for more pictures tomorrow.

Stained Glass Cookies
1 cup sugar
2 sticks butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
Bag of hard candies like Jolly Ranchers or clear lollipops 
Electric Mixer
1 (1 inch) heart cookie cutter
1 (2 inch) circle cookie cutter
Baking sheet
Parchment paper or Silpat 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the sugar and butter until smooth.
  • Add the egg and the vanilla extract.  Mix in flour slowly. 
  • Remove the dough from the mixer and press into a rectangular shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  
  • Remove from the refrigerator and cut dough into 1/3. Roll out dough, 1 piece at a time to a 3/16-inch thickness.
  • Cut out as many large circles as possible. Repeat with all of the dough. Cut a small heart in the center of the circle. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Make sure there is enough space between the cookies, about two inches.  
  • Place the hard candy, by color, into small plastic bags. Place a towel over the bags and crush the candy with a meat mallet or rolling pin.
  • In each of the cut out hearts, fill with crushed candy of one color. 
  • Bake for 10-15 min or until lightly golden brown and candy has melted.
Food  for thought:• Crush candy into small pieces (not powder) using a plastic bag and rolling pin.
• Spread candy in a single layer; don’t overfill.
• Use a toothpick to fill in any holes that develop while the cookies are baking.

Those talented gals over at Design Sponge have a Valentine’s tea three ways.  Maybe a nice complement to cookies? Think so. 

Whadaya Think?

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