Holiday Cookies with #sweetcreations

Whew! I have been baking all day! I love making cookies and I have been in a cookie mood lately. Maybe it is all the cookie talk going on over at Good Cook (sponsor) or just the holiday season! I thought, since I am in the cookie mood why not join in on a Online Cookie Exchange.

I wanted to do something challenging and I saw some cookies on Pinterest awhile ago that inspired me to make some Stained Glass Sugar Cookies. So I dug out my sugar cookie recipe and with my Sweet Creations by Good Cook gear got to baking. Here is what I used: Sweet Mixing Bowls, Flex Cookie Turner and their Cookie Cutters and of course their Non Stick Cookie Sheets!

First I made some Meringue cookies. While they taste good, they don’t look good lol. I didn’t get them to “peak” like they should so they were not as fluffy as a meringue should be. So after laughing that one off I set forth to make my second set of cookies I had planned. The Stained Glass Sugar Cookies. The sugar cookie part is one I have had since before I went gluten free. I have since converted it to gluten free by using a GF flour blend. I used Betty Crocker Rice Flour Blend on this batch. The tricky part is measuring. You can use it part for part- but don’t “level off” the flour. Just lightly shake it to get it as level as possible. because of the humidity in my kitchen I had to add a bit extra flour but use your judgement.

Here is what you need:

  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (I use Nelson Massey Vanilla Paste)
  • 1 bag of Jolly Ranchers (or another hard candy such as life savers)
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a larger bowl beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla until well combined. Slowly add flour mixture and beat until it is just blended. Shape dough into a disk and wrap up. Place in a refrigerator for 2 hours up to overnight (or if you are impatient like me you could place in the freezer for 30 minutes or so). The dough needs to be firm enough to roll out.
While the dough is chilling seperate out the colors you wish to use and place them in a plastic bag. With a meat mallet crush the candy. This is a fun step for the kids to join in on so have fun with it! As you can see the my son got creative with covering his ears from the banging lol.
Once the dough is firm enough, preheat oven to 350. When ready to cut out your shapes pull out a little bit at a time keeping the rest of the dough cold. Roll out the dough and using the cookie cutter cut out your shape. Then taking a smaller one cut out the inside section of the cookie and fill with the crushed candy.
Bake for about 10 or 11 minutes. The cookies will be just starting to get golden and the candy will be bubbling. Let set on pan to cool for a bit before moving them to a cooling rack.

Once cooled decorate! As you can tell I am not the greatest decorator but hey it was fun and something different! These cookies are nice and soft and moist, which is rare for a GF cookie!
This is the amazing cookie kit that I received to help me with my cookie creation. As part of our fun Cookie Exchange you can win one of these kits! Good Cook will award them to 10 lucky readers. All you have to do is head over to GoodCook’s Website and LIKE my recipe!
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~I received the above products as a Good Cook Blogger. No other form of compensation was exchanged. Gluten Free for Jen is not responsible for the giveaway being hosted by Good Cook in any way. ~ 
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