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Stained Glass Cookies

3-ingredient Stained Glass Cookies are colorful, tasty, and so simple to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 ingredients, 30 minutes or less, candy, cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 13kcal
Cost: $5


  • Rolling Pin
  • ruler
  • cookie cutters in various shapes and sizes (We used 3-inch stars and 1 1/2 inch stars)
  • small plastic baggies
  • meat tenderizer or mallet


  • 1 16.5 oz roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 10 hard candies ie. Jolly Ranchers
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour plus more to work with


  • Add the roll of cookie dough to a large bowl and then break up the roll with your hands. Add 1/4 cup of flour and mix with your hands or a wooden spoon until well blended.
    blue bowl with sugqr cookie dough
  • Lightly flour your work surface, then roll the dough out to be no more than 1/8 inch thick. If your dough is any thicker than 1/8 inch, it will be too fluffy when it bakes and cover the candy center. Sprinkle additional flour on top of the dough, as needed, to prevent sticking.
    roll of cookie dough on a floured work surface
  • Cut out dough with your larger cookie cutter shape, then place the dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cookies should be 2 inches apart.
    yellow star cookie cutter on sugar cookie dough
  • Cut the centers out of each cookie with the smaller cookie cutter.
    smaller blue cookie cutter next to a larger yellow cutter on top of sugar cookie dough
  • Unwrap 2 candies of the same color and place them in a small plastic bag, then crush them with the flat side of a mallet. Repeat with remaining candies of different colors.
    bag of crushed jolly rancher candies on a cutting board next to a metal mallet
  • Place a small spoonful of crushed candy in the center of each cutout cookie, making sure there is enough candy to touch the edges of the cookie without being a big mound.
    adding crushed candies to the centers of raw cookie dough in the shape of a star
  • Bake in the oven @350 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown and the candy is melted.
    stained glass cookies in a variety of colors on the counter
  • Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet until candy is hardened, then cool completely on a cooling rack.
    star cookies with candy center


Serving: 1g | Calories: 13kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg