Stained Glass Valentine Cookies

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The countdown has officially begun for our week-long trip over the March Break.  Our family is going on a cruise to the Bahamas, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas.  I cannot wait to go, especially since it’s been so snowy and cold here, and I can’t stand being cold.  I’m one of those people who wears socks and slippers and my feet are still cold.  I wear a sweater all the time and sit by the fireplace every night.  I’m a summer baby and I love the heat.  My husband and I are always dreaming of ways to move somewhere warm year-round.

Stained Glass Valentine Cookies by

Since I can’t live somewhere warm (yet!) year-round, I might as well make the best of it.  Baking, for me, happens to be making the best of it!

I got the idea for these cookies from a picture in a magazine featuring Christmas Stained Glass Cookies.  I thought to myself, why limit it to just Christmas.  I knew I didn’t have any Jolly Rancher candies (for the red center) hanging around but I knew I had leftover Cherry candy canes.  Perfect!

Although this sugar cookie recipe was okay, I am still searching for THE BEST.  If anyone has one they want to share please send them my way.  Every time I make sugar cookies I try a new recipe because I haven’t found the perfect one yet.  Just like the perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie……well, that’s another story!

Stained Glass Valentine Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: approximately 18 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutter

A simple sugar cookie with a bright red center, perfect for Valentine's Day!


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 & 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8-10 cherry flavored candy canes (or Jolly Ranchers), crushed


In a medium size bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with a mixer until pale and creamy. Beat in the egg yolk. Sift in the flour and mix to a soft dough. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth, adding flour if necessary. Halve the dough, shape into balls, wrap in plastic, and chill in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Using a heart-shape cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Using a knife or smaller heart-shape cookie cutter, cut out a smaller heart in the center of the big heart. Place hearts on the lined cookie sheets.
Using a small spoon, carefully fill each heart with the crushed candy cane, brushing off any bits that land on the dough.
Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until pale golden brown. Let cool on cookie sheet for about 2-3 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Sugar Cookie recipe adapted from The Easy Way Baking Cookbook

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  1. What a great idea, Liz! These look fabulous.

    I live in Florida where it’s warm year round. Well, warm most of the year but dreadfully hot from the end of may through October. I always say I want to go somewhere cooler. But I’d probably miss the great FL Winter months if I did leave.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. I’m soooo jealous of you!! I would love to be going on vacation to somewhere warm right now!! I’m in love with these cookies too! I think you need to send me some!

  3. These are so creative, Liz! Hope you have a great weekend! Oh, and I’m really jealous of your cruise!! :)

  4. a cruise! I so badly need one of those in my life right now. ;) It is TERRIBLY cold here and today it’s gross, dark, and rainy. I’ve never made stained glass cookies before but they are SO pretty!

  5. These are beautiful! We tried something similar with the baking club at Rutgers and the members really got a kick out of mixing different colors :)

    • Thanks Jess :) My kids had fun too. Next time I’m definitely using Jolly Ranchers so we can get some different colors! Have a fantastic weekend…

  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    How fun! We went on a family cruise last year for Spring break and it was an amazing time! My kids want to know when we are going again!
    These cookies are adorable!

  7. These are so pretty!! I love stained glass cookies. And I’m so jealous – what a fun trip!

    • Thanks Dorothy! The trip should be a blast – the kids are excited to eat whatever they want, for free! Well, free for them that is!

  8. Stained glass cookies are so, so cool!

  9. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    very pretty! Thanks for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  10. Have a wonderful vacation – I can’t wait to hit hotter climes this summer in Florida :) I’m not liking the winter at all!

    These are so pretty, thank you for coming over and sharing this at The Purple Pumpkin Blog Link Party! Hope to see you again next time!

    Michelle xx


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