Saturday, November 13, 2010

Stained-Glass Cookies

As promised, here is the recipe for stained glass cookies.
They look very fancy and you can customize them to whatever shape you want to see.

Stained Glass Cookies

1. In a large bowl, sift together 2 cups flour, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Set aside.
In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat 8 tbsp butter and 1 cup sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add 1 egg; beat until smooth, 1 minute.
2. Add reserved flour mixture, and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Stir in 1 tsp vanilla.
3. Wrap dough in plastic, and refrigerate for about 45 minutes.
4. Position two racks in oven; preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat (nonstick baking mat; set aside.
5. On a well-floured work surface, roll out chilled dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut out exterior shapes using a cookie cutter or templates. With a metal spatula, transfer whole cookies to the prepared baking sheets. Using tip of a paring knife, make a cutout in center of each cookie to be filled with candy. Using a straw or the narrow end of a plain round pastry tip, cut a hole in the top of each cookie for hanging.
6. Chop the candies into 1/4-inch pieces. Sprinkle chopped candy in the center of each cookie, filling the hole. Transfer baking sheet to the refrigerator, and chill until cookie dough is firm, about 15 minutes.
7. Place the baking sheet in the oven, and bake cookies until the candy has melted and completely filled the cut-out area, 6 to 8 minutes. Do not let the cookies brown, or the stained-glass effect will not be as brilliant and the candy centers may become bubbly, not clear.
8. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 3 minutes, and then use a metal spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
**Cookies will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

I also have both pitted dates and some more dates that I got from my dad this week. I think you all know what this means:

I'll be baking these either later today or tomorrow so stay tuned....
mmmmm date squares.
Today I'm planning on making a pamphlet on stress and then going for the run to end all runs. This will probably be done through the thickest fog ever as I'm pretty sure the city of Toronto no longer exists. I can just make out the shapes of other buildings through the fog. And I'm talking the buldings directly in front of the balcony, not buildings further away then half a km.
All I keep thinking about is that story by Stephen King....

1 comment:

  1. She's back!! I'd say those stained glass cookies could be a Christmas cookie...but I'll never tell. :) I may try the date squares after the recipe is posted. Good luck with your papers and ONE exam. That will mean lots of time for December blogging. Love: a loyal fan.