Stained Glass Cookies


Melted candies surrounded by dough to resemble stained glass windows.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
4 to 5 - dozen


  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¾ cup molasses

  • cup water

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 5 ¾ ounces sourball hard candies


  1. 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.

  2. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 1 hour.

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

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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 (per serving)

58 Calories
1g Fat
12g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 58
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 70mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.