First off, happy Valentine’s Day! This is like my last hurrah for this year’s day of love. It will be missed for another year. I was browsing the holiday section and came across some Jolly Ranchers. The package said awesome reds and I immediately thought they were perfect. Have I ever mentioned I’m a sucker for red sweets? Red usually means a flavor I love and I’m all for that. The flavors in this bag were cherry, fruit punch, strawberry, and watermelon. YUMMM.
This is an easy way to decorate cookies, without mixing up a batch of royal icing or buttercream. These cookies really don’t need an icing anyway. They are sweet and vanilla. That’s pretty much all I ask for in a sugar cookie. Oh, and keep your shape if I take the time to roll you out and sugar cookie cutters on you!
Look at my amazing stacking skills! I’m not exactly sure how little specks of red got outside of the hearts, but I think it adds a little something. The huge hearts with multiple little hearts cut out of them are my favorite.
Does anyone have plans today other than getting snowed in? It seems like it just won’t stop. Wesley is talking about getting a snow blower. Now, that’s saying something.. like.. hey, the man that does ALL the shoveling is getting tired of shoveling, so stop it because it’s going to cost us some money. He was just saying he wanted to get me “a little” something for V-day. It’s definitely going to be a snow blower.
I was going to say it’s raining streamers, but then the song it’s raining men came into my head. What a catchy song.
I wanted to show you what the candy looked like as I put it into the heart-shaped holes. I put each flavor in a baggy and smashed it with my marble rolling pin. It was easy peasy and didn’t call for any crazy gadgets.
- 1 + ½ cups salted butter, room temperature
- 1 + ¾ cups granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 T. vanilla
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 18 jolly ranchers
- In the stand mixer, mix the butter until it's creamed.
- Add in the sugar. Mix on medium just until the butter and sugar come together. (The more the sugar and butter is creamed the fluffier the cookie will be.) Scrape down the sides.
- Add the egg and vanilla. Turn the mixer on medium and mix until the egg is completely incorporated.
- Lastly, add all the flour. You can either put a towel over your mixer until everything is incorporated or start out on the stirring setting of the mixer until the flour started to incorporated. Once the flour is mixed in some, go ahead and turn the mixer on medium and let it mix until the flour is combined with the creamed mixture.
- Cut the dough in half and roll one half between two pieces of parchment paper. Take the top piece of parchment paper off and cut the cookies with preferred cutters.
- Place on cookie tray with either a silicon mat or parchment paper. (I cut all my cookies out and stacked them on the cookie sheet. I used parchment paper to separate the cookies)
- Place in the freezer for at least an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Meanwhile, place each color/flavor in a baggy. Smash each one using the rolling pin that you used to roll out the cookies with.
- Remove the cookies from the freezer and place them on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake the cookies for 6 minutes. Remove them from the oven and let them cool.
- Add in the crushed jolly ranchers into the hole that you want to have stained glass in. The crushed jolly ranchers should just cover the bottom of the cut-out space provided. You don't want the hard candy to bubble up over the sides!
- Place back into the oven for another 6 minutes. Remove from the oven. The candy will bubble and then smooth out. Let the cookies cool before trying to move them. Nothing feels worse than having hot sugar land on your skin.
- Place the cooled cookies into an air tight container.
Enjoy the stained glass cookies and your Valentine’s Day!!