Melted candies surrounded by dough to resemble stained glass windows.

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
4 - 5 dozen
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and molasses until smooth. Add water. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture; blend well.

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  • Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 1 hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Cut out paper stars, bells, hearts, or other holiday motifs. Trace shapes onto a sheet of aluminum foil. Place foil on a baking sheet and spray lightly with cooking spray.

  • Roll pieces of dough into ropes about 1/4-inch wide. Outline the foil designs with ropes of dough. Press ends lightly together.

  • Separate candies by color. In a blender or food processor, coarsely crush candies. Fill in dough outlines with the desired color candies.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 4 to 5 minutes or until cookie is set and candy melts. Transfer cookies and foil to a cooling rack and cool completely before removing foil.

Nutrition Facts

58 calories; protein 0.7g 1% DV; carbohydrates 12.3g 4% DV; fat 0.6g 1% DV; cholesterol 1.5mg 1% DV; sodium 47.7mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2006
I just made cookies like (I used my usual cut-out recipe) this and it took till the 5th tray to get them off the pan. I used tin foil covered with nonstick spray. After I had the cookie on the pan I covered the "opening" with more spray before filling with a whole Jolly Rancher (works better than lifesavers). After baking just till the candy melts slide the whole sheet of tin foil off the pan and let the cookies cool completely. Turn the cookies upside down and peel off the foil. This is what finally worked for us. The results are beautiful! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/09/2003
Very strong molasses flavor in dough. Use finely crushed candy big chunks bubble. Keep ropes of dough very thin or cookie will be soft and break apart. Fun to do as a group activity not individually unless you are very patient!! (Unless you halve recipe). Neat concept. Read More
(22)
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2006
I just made cookies like (I used my usual cut-out recipe) this and it took till the 5th tray to get them off the pan. I used tin foil covered with nonstick spray. After I had the cookie on the pan I covered the "opening" with more spray before filling with a whole Jolly Rancher (works better than lifesavers). After baking just till the candy melts slide the whole sheet of tin foil off the pan and let the cookies cool completely. Turn the cookies upside down and peel off the foil. This is what finally worked for us. The results are beautiful! Read More
(81)
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2004
These cookies are fabulous! I made them to take to my neighborhood cookie exchange and won first prize! I had made similar cookies about ten years ago so was thrilled to "rediscover" the recipe. Instead of rolling dough into ropes I used a large house cookie cutter and cut out smaller shapes inside. I also used Lifesavers instead of sourballs. Some of the houses resembles churches some were schoolhouses etc. The effect was truly charming. I would recommend this recipe to anyone as they are not particularly difficult to make. Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2004
cookies taste fine but how about including a reminder to grease the cookie sheet for those of us that dont bake except on holidays. these cookies are stuck permanently to my nonstick sheets. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2008
I love how this handles. I used regular Christmas cookie cutters and life savers. Parchment paper is the best invention for cookies. I used one piece for the entire batch of cookies. I think the next time I will up the measurement for the spices from 1/4 to 1/2 tesp. I could hardly taste the spices in he cookies. I also uped the oven temp. from 350 to 375 and baked the cookies for 7 minutes for a crispier cookie my husband really loves these. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/08/2003
Very strong molasses flavor in dough. Use finely crushed candy big chunks bubble. Keep ropes of dough very thin or cookie will be soft and break apart. Fun to do as a group activity not individually unless you are very patient!! (Unless you halve recipe). Neat concept. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2004
This is not the original "Land O" Lakes" recipe I had 20 yrs ago that one didn't contain molasses. But it WORKS- the cookies are delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2006
I loved the stain glass look! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/18/2006
Wow. I don't know what I did wrong but the batter had the consistency of soup when it finished chilling. I ended up putting in extra flour and just making ginger cookies. They turned out great though! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/18/2006
Not much flavor. Read More
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