Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Stained Glass Valentine Cookies

Beautifully decorated cookies are a great treat for Valentine's Day. Wrap in pretty packaging and give away as a gift or with your Valentine's Day cards. These cookies I made with a stained glass effect, and finished decorating with royal icing. The sugar cookie recipe is one of my favourites- Cardamom Orange; the exotic flavour of Cardamom teamed with fresh orange zest.

Stained Glass Valentine Cookies
by Laureen King from Art and the Kitchen
Prep Time: 1 hour     Cook Time 8-10 minutes     Makes: 2 dozen
  • 1 1/2 cups softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean opened and seeds scraped out
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 tbsp orange zest 
  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 40 -50 red hard candies such as lifesavers or Jolly Ranchers
  1. Sift together flour, salt and cardamom spice.
  2. Using electric mixer beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy- about 5 minutes.
  3. Add vanilla bean, mix well, then add eggs and orange zest.
  4. Add flour mix a bit at a time, blend together until combined.
  5. Cut dough into 3 disks, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  6. When ready to bake preheat oven to 350 F.
  7. Crush hard candies ( I put candies in heavy duty ziploc bag and pound with meat hammer)
  8. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper ( must use parchment paper or cookies with stick)
  9. On floured surface roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  10. Cut out large hearts, then with smaller heart cookie cutter cut smaller heart inside of large heart 
  11. Place cookies on cookie sheet.
  12. Fill centre of heart with crushed candies being careful not to spill candies onto cookie dough.
  13. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Just until edges start to brown.
  14. Cool completely before removing from parchment paper.

 didn't take pictures this time,
 here's an old pic of how to fill 
centres with the crushed candy


  1. Estupendo para el día de los enamorados. Me encanta.
    Un saludo
    El tiempo a bocados

  2. Unas galletas hechas con mucho amor,
    Blanca de JUEGO DE SABORES

    1. Ana, yes indeed some things are made with love :)

  3. Laureen, I just adore these. Even though my kids are big now I think they would love them. They are never too old to be my Valentines.

    1. Thank you Karen, I have a grown son as well as he still enjoys special cookies!

  4. These are beautiful! Good job! Thanks for sharing this recipe! xx a girl and her food

    1. thanks kat, I like your blog and am following you on fb page and twitter. Here's a great site everyone.

  5. These are so pretty, what a great gift to give someone on Valentine's Day!

    1. Thank you Caroline, and Happy Valentine's Day to you.