Christmas ornaments made at home is a tradition my house has had for years. I always like to switch it up to keep the kids engaged in what they're making with me.
Gingerbread is a must at christmas and this is so simple to do. Cut out the middle of any festive cookie shape and fill it with any hard candy you want and BAM! Stained glass christmas cookie ornaments!
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup fancy molasses
- 1 egg
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 tsp gingerbread spice blend
- 8 ounces (approx.) crushed fruit-flavoured hard candies or lollipops (enough to make about a cup of crushed candy)
- In a mixing bowl, beat together softened butter and sugar until creamy.Add molasses and egg, and continue to beat for about 3 minutes on medium speed.
- In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and spice.Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, while mixing on low speed.
- Once the mixture forms a stiff dough, separate it into two portions and wrap them in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Roll out the cold dough on a well-floured surface until the dough is about 1/4" thick.
- Cut out shapes of cookies and cut out a shape in the centre of each cookie where you'll place the crushed candies for stained glass.
- On silicone-lined or parchment-lined baking sheets, lay out the cookies.
- Spoon crushed candy into the middle of the cookies (you can use more than one colour next to each other for a multi-coloured look).
- Bake at 375F for 6-8 minutes, until candies are melted and bubbling.Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.