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Stained Glass Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Stained Glass Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies are made by crushing Jolly Rancher candies and melting them in the middle of the sugar cookie dough.  They are very impressive.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 9 minutes
Servings 36

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter or margarine {softened}
  • 8 oz. cream cheese {softened}
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 bag Jolly Rancher candies

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl beat butter or margarine and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined.  Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla extract.  Beat in flour gradually, until completely combined.  Divide dough in half, wrap each half in saran wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours {and up to 3 days} or until easy to handle.

  2. Take 10 Jolly Rancher candies of same color and put into a Ziploc bag {I doubled up bags to have less spill}, seal and remove any air in bag.  Using a meat tenderizer or rolling pin, crush candies until they are a fine powder.  Do this step with as many colors as you are wanting to use. Set aside.

  3. On a lightly floured surface roll each half of the dough to about 1/4" thickness.  Using cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes and place about 1" apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Once cookies are on sheet take a smaller cookie cutter and cut the middle from each cookie. Fill the hole in the middle of the cookie with crushed candy just to the top of cookie being sure to spread out in an even layer.  Any excess candy on cookie can easily be wiped away.  Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7-9 minutes or until the bottom of cookies are lightly browned and the candy has completely melted.  Remove from oven and leave cookies on cookie sheet for 10 minutes or until the candy center has re-hardened.  Remove from pan and store at room temperature, loosely covered.

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