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post #1 of 29
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I just watched a show on the food network about cookies. They showed a Wilton's cookie class where they were making stained glass cookies by putting hard candy inside a cutout on the cookie. That looked so cool. I want to try it. It looked like a special kind of hard candy? What is it? Where can you find, or would something else work in it's place? Thanks!
post #2 of 29
i've used Life Savers and Jolly Ranchers - nothing special!!
Just put them in a thick ziplock bag, and beat them with a rolling pin or something until they are broken up
Do each colour seperately so that you can mix them up as you need to
post #3 of 29
And make sure you put some parchment or a silpat on your baking sheet before you put them in the oven. I forgot that part once....oops!
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post #4 of 29
My daughter is a chef and she said she always uses Jolly ranchers...I saw the same show and asked her the same question...they were so pretty.
post #5 of 29
I used life saver candies but I don't think I used enough.......the candies didn't seem to fill up the cut out section of the cookie.
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post #6 of 29
When we were making our gingerbread catherdral we made our stained glass windows out of livesavers candy that was crushed up into almost a fine powder. When you are filling the cutout with it though, you need to be careful not to do too many colors or layers because it will all just blend together and get a dark brownish color. But they are a blast, good luck!
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post #7 of 29
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I'll have to add Jolly ranchers and life savers to my grocery list now! It's amazing how a simple technique could look so impressive yet be so easy!

If you did this, would you still decorate the rest of the cookie, or would it be better to keep it simple like with some colored sugar or something?
post #8 of 29
Emeril just did these on FoodTV.... I know they are pretty but do they taste good? He also did a yummy looking Italian Fig Cookie.
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post #9 of 29
These are among the favorites of the Christmas cookies that I make. I use life savers. Be sure to remove any candy crumbs from on top of the cookie dough or your cookies will be dotted (no one will care, though ... .they are still good!)

Found out the hard way that you have to let them cool until the candy is hard before you take them off of the cookie sheet. dunce.gif Duh!! And yes, some sort of covering on the cookie sheet .... parchment, alum. foil, something.
post #10 of 29
Just did this last weekend - and I was only about 50% sure it would work, but it did. I found that the round cinnamon and butterscotch were a good match for gingerbread flavor-wise, and they both look great with the darker color of the gingerbread.

Surprisingly, the candies don't have to be all that crushed up at all - in fact, if they're crushed up too well, it's easy to drop some on the outside cookie and not notice until it's melted and shiny... and too late!
post #11 of 29
Doyou use the cookie you are usings baking directions? Same temp?
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post #12 of 29
Yup. Mine was 350 for abt 10 minutes, and it really did work. I stood there to watch because I really didn't think it would get hot enough to melt the candy.

Also, I pulverized the leftover candy into powder and mixed it in the last bit of cookie dough, and that came out pretty nifty looking, too.
post #13 of 29
I used life savers and put the candy in approx. 5 minutes before the cookies where done.
I didn't crush them to good but they came out just fine.
I used the same oven temp as for regular cookies.
and yes do not forget to cover your cookie sheet.
good luck trying!
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post #14 of 29
So, I shouldn't put the candy in right away with the cookie? Do you fill the hole up with candy level with the unbaked cookie? Can I freeze them once done or would the candy crack? OK. I think I have exhausted questions. Are you just using your favorite rolled cookie? Thanks for your patience guys!! Seriously....
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post #15 of 29
oh my ...first saw (and then made) these way back on original Julia Child French Chef series in the late 60s...

fun to make.
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