Stained Glass Easter Cookies

Easter recipes are so much fun! And how pretty are these Stained Glass Easter Cookies? They look fancy, but I’m excited to share that they are really easy to make and your kids will have so much fun helping you!

I love that these cookies not only look fancy, but they’ll be a lovely addition to your Easter holiday table. They almost even look like Easter decorations, they are so pretty!

Easter Stained Glass Cookie Recipe

Ingredients for Jolly Rancher Stained Glass Easter Cookies

3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar or flour, for rolling
Jolly Rancher hard candies, approximately one candy per cookie

How to Make Jolly Rancher Stained Glass Easter Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Making Cookies from scratch

In a mixing bowl, blend the butter and sugar until creamy and light.

Making Sugar Cookies with butter

Add egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Mix well.

Sugar Cookie Recipe from scratch

Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Dough may be a little crumbly.

How to make Sugar Cookie Dough from scratch

Turn out the dough onto a surfaced sprinkled with powdered sugar or flour. Press into a ball and then roll out to ¼ inch thickness.

Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe

Egg shaped or oval cookie cutters work great to create shapes. 

Easter Egg Sugar Cookie Cutter

Use a smaller circular item to create holes in your cookies. (this is where the candy will go)

We used the reverse side of a frosting tip to make the perfect sized holes in our cookies.

You can also use a knife to cut different shapes. 

Easter Egg stained Sugar Cookie

Stained Glass Sugar Cookie

Carefully lift shaped cookies to the baking sheet.

Using a flat spatula is recommended to help the cookies maintain their shape.

Crushing Jolly Rancher for Stained Glass Cookies

How to Crush Jolly Rancher Candy for Melting

Separate Jolly Rancher hard candies by color and place inside a quart-sized freezer bag.

Place all bags into a larger gallon-sized freezer bag. Sandwich the gallon-sized freezer bag between two towels and beat candies with the flat side of a meat mallet until crushed.

Candy will pierce BOTH bags so be prepared.

Jolly Rancher Stained Glass Cookies

Scoop candy pieces into the cut opening of each cookie. The crushed candy should fill most of the hole and mound a little on top.

Depending on the size of your opening, you will use the equivalent of approximately 1 candy for each cookie.

Bake cookies for 7 to 9 minutes. Do not brown the cookies. Allow cookies to cool for at least 20 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully removing to a cooling rack.

Now it’s time to decorate your cookies!! 

We like to use green sprinkles to make it look like they are sitting in the grass. To do this, dip in frosting and then dip into the sprinkles. Get creative, we also like fun flower shaped sprinkles.

Jolly Rancher Stained Glass Cookie Recipe

Jolly Rancher Stained Glass Cookie

How to Make Jolly Rancher Stained Glass Cookie

Stained Glass Cookie Tutorial

Store in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper to keep the candy from attaching to the candy in other cookies.

Easter Stained Glass Cookie

Important Stained Glass Cookie Tips

Do not crush the Jolly Rancher candies prior to using as they will adhere to one another and become a hardened mass of candy.

Also, if the dough is rolled too thin, keeping the cookies together while moving them to a baking sheet will be very difficult. Using a flat cookie spatula will help but make sure the cookie dough is at least ¼ inch.

Thicker cookies will require more crushed candy. A basting brush can help keep the tiny piece of candy inside the cookie opening.

Stained Glass Easter Cookie Recipe

More Easter DIY Craft and Recipe Ideas

We love holiday themed crafts and recipes!

If you do too, make sure to check out our other Easter ideas, I’m sure you’ll find several that you will love as well:

Chocolate Milk Bunny 

Carrot Shaped Snack Bag for Kids

How to Make a Bunny Mask out of a Paper Plate

These fun ideas and more can be found on my blog! I think they’ll add so much fun to your Easter celebration! 

Jolly Rancher Stained Glass Easter Cookie

Print the Recipe for these Stained Glass Easter Cookies

Stained Glass Easter Cookies

Jolly Rancher Stained Glass Easter Cookie

Perfect for Easter, these stained glass Easter egg cookies look like works of art! Use Jolly Rancher candy to make the pretty stained glass effect and these fun egg shaped cookies will be a hit for your holiday celebration!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar or flour, for rolling
  • Jolly Rancher hard candies, approximately one candy per cookie

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

    Whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

    In a mixing bowl, blend the butter and sugar until creamy and light. Add egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Dough may be a little crumbly.

    Turn out the dough onto a surfaced sprinkled with powdered sugar or flour. Press into a ball and then roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to create shapes. Carefully lift shaped cookies to the baking sheet. Using a flat spatula is recommended to help the cookies maintain their shape.

    Separate Jolly Rancher hard candies by color and place inside a quart-sized freezer bag. Place all bags into a larger gallon-sized freezer bag. Sandwich the gallon-sized freezer bag between two towels and beat candies with the flat side of a meat mallet until crushed. Candy will pierce BOTH bags so be prepared.

    Scoop candy pieces into the cut opening of each cookie. The crushed candy should fill most of the hole and mound a little on top. Depending on the size of your opening, you will use the equivalent of approximately 1 candy for each cookie.

    Bake cookies for 7 to 9 minutes. Do not brown the cookies. Allow cookies to cool for at least 20 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully removing to a cooling rack.

Notes

Store in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper to keep the candy from attaching to the candy in other cookies.

Do not crush the Jolly Rancher candies prior to using as they will adhere to one another and become a hardened mass of candy.

Also, if the dough is rolled too thin, keeping the cookies together while moving them to a baking sheet will be very difficult. Using a flat cookie spatula will help but make sure the cookie dough is at least ¼ inch.

Thicker cookies will require more crushed candy. A basting brush can help keep the tiny piece of candy inside the cookie opening.

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Stained Glass Easter Cookies