I was inspired by this recipe from Simply Recipes to make some Stained Glass Cookies with my daughter – however, I didn’t want to go through all of the effort of making the dough – so opted for the easy way out and started with the ready made Pillsbury Gingerbread Cookie Dough!
The hardest and longest part of the process was cutting out the insides of our shapes (as I do not own any nesting cookie cutters). While I was attempting to make “clean” cut outs, I let my daughter play with the scraps, rolling pin and flour (I am still finding pieces of cookie dough in random places around the house).
Next we crushed up Christmas colored lifesavers by placing the unwrapped candies in a plastic bag and pounding them with the back of a spoon. I’m not sure who had more fun doing this – my daughter or husband?! The last thing you’ll need to do prior to placing the cookies in the oven, is to fill the cutouts with the crushed candy. Dad tried mixing a few colors together and they ended up turning a really nasty brown (apparently tasted pretty gross too – Candy Cane and Sour Apple flavorings don’t mix).
I followed the baking temperature and time from the back of the cookie dough package. You’ll also want to be sure to use parchment paper on your cookie sheets!
The recipe author also suggests poking a hole in the dough so that you can use these as edible ornaments for the tree!