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Holiday Stained Glass Cookies
A great tasting and great looking cookie. These can be made so that, after baking, you can hang them on the Christmas tree by stringing a colorful ribbon through a hole punched in the cookie before baking.
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Serves: 30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 to 9 minutes
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3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup hard candy, crushed
frosting, optional

Separate the hard candies by color. Put each color candy into a freezer bag and crush with a wooden mallet.

In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, sift togther flour and baking powder. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into wet ingredients until the dough is very stiff. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for about 3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to 1/8" thickness. Sprinkle more flour on the work surface and rolling pin as needed. Cut out cookies using large holiday cookie cutters. Transfer the cookies to a foil-lined baking sheet.

Using a small cookie cutter, cut out and remove dough from the center of each cookie. Fill the cut-out sections with crushed candy.

If using cookies as hanging ornaments, make a small hole at the top. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned and the candy is melted. Slide foil off baking sheet. When cool, carefully loosen the cookies from the foil. If desired, decorate further with frosting and candy.

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