A delicious, soft crumbly cookie with a well of melted candies in the center, Stained Glass Cookies – What more can kids ask for, seriously..?
Well, today my first blog event has officially concluded. And it has been fun..! When I started off with this event I was not sure as to what to expect. Would it be just work on top of work? But no. It has been a very new experience. More than that it has been a highly informative and enriching experience. I came to meet so many new bloggers and got a chance to see their creations and learn new things from them. Each entry to the event has been at par, if not better than the last. The energy, time and effort that has been put into making such deliciousness has been awesome. I would today, from the bottom of my heart, with all the admiration I have for you, say THANK YOU..! You guys have been awesome.
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Which child does not love cookies? Chocolate chip cookies dunked in milk is a huge favorite with them. They can have cookies for meals any time of the day and still remain happy. That is the magic of the crumbly cookie. But has it ever happened to you that all the biscuits in the house are over and you are faced with sending something nice for the Class party the next day. It happened to me.
I was given a 12 hour notice to make something yummy for the kids in Irene’s class. She wanted cookies specifically and I was stuck at home, with limited provisions and hyperactive exam laden children. What to do now?? After much head banging and questions we finally agreed on these cookies. I had been meaning to bake these for Christmas but had been unable to. Too much work then. Better late than never..! Irene was intrigued by the recipe, her explanation was simple. Kids love cookies, kids love sweets, so they will love these cookie sweets. Now who can argue with logic like that..?
These cookies are extremely simple to make and delicious to eat. They have a nice vanilla flavor and the candy center will taste of the flavor of the candy you use. I have tried fruit flavored candies, Poppins and even the cola candies. They are all fun. Have a variety of cookie cutters out. Experiment with the designs and the cut outs. And include the kids to powder out the candies. That way they feel involved too. Make little dainty holes on the top of the cookies with a little toothpick. Once baked, you can put a thread / ribbon through the hole and use it as a hanging ornament for Christmas. These cookies are best eaten within 2 days of preparation, if they last that long.. !!
STAINED GLASS COOKIES
- ½ cup Butter, softened to room temperature
- ½ cup Sugar
- 1 Egg, beaten
- ¾ tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cup All purpose flour
- ½ tsp Baking powder
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 4 packets of Poppins or any other hard candies
- Sift the flour, baking powder and the salt together thrice and keep aside.
- Beat the butter and the sugar till light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and the vanilla extract and beat well till combined.
- Add the sifted flour- baking powder- salt mixture to the liquid ingredients and beat till everything comes together. Do not overwork the dough as the resulting cookies will be tough.
- The cookie dough will be soft and sticky at this point. Keep this dough in the refrigerator to make it harden slightly, thus making it easier to handle.
- Preheat the oven to 170C.
- Place the same colored candies in separate plastic bags. Beat the bag with a hammer so that the candies get powdered up.
- Roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness. Flour the board with some icing sugar instead of all purpose flour. This will prevent the cookies from tasting of flour and will not leave a coat of flour on the cookie. The cookies will not stick to the board too.
- Using the larger cookie cutter , cut out the cookies. Use the smaller cookie cutter to cut the inside part of the cookie.
- Place the cut cookies on the baking sheet and fill the hollow with the powdered candies.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, till alight golden brown color appears on the sides and the candies are melted down.
- Cool the cookies before you remove them from the parchment paper. The candy centers are melted and they need 10 minutes to cool down. If you try to remove it before they are cool, the glass effect will not be achieved.
- Store in airtight containers.
- Decorate the cookie with icing if desired. That is per choice as the cookies taste fab without it too.
The pictorial given is meant to illustrate the steps and make it easier to understand. However this is a simple recipe that can be made in a jiffy. Include the kids as well as it will be fun for them too.
This is my entry to the following events.
- Holi HAi @ My Cookbook
- Healthy Diet Events – Baked Goodies @ Vegetarian Tastebuds
- Colorful Holi @ Cuisine Delights
- Cakes, Cookies and Desserts @ Sugar N Spice Tales
- I m the Star @ Vegetarian food and Me
- Beat the Heat @ My Cookbook
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