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Heart-Shaped Stained Glass Sugar Cookies for Valentine’s Day

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 12, 2011 · 23 comments


My kids love to help me out in the kitchen, so when I was trying to decide on a fun craft for Valentine's Day, these stained glass sugar cookies seemed like the perfect choice. They were super simple to make, and they definitely have that wow factor that appeals to kids with the hard candy center!


Whether you use homemade sugar cookie dough or a store bought version, this is a great afternoon family project.

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1 Cabubsmom February 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

YUMMY! I need to get me some cookie cutters. Looks like I have a request for my birthday :)

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2 Jennifer @ Saving & Giving February 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Thanks for the icing recipe! I've been puzzled at how to do icing without shortening in it, and this is a great alternative. The cookies all look delicious. :)

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3 Tara Kuczykowski February 12, 2011 at 4:05 pm

We're trying to avoid shortening too, and the great thing is you can thin it or thicken it depending on how you're planning to use it just by slightly adjusting the amount of cream that you use.

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4 Amy February 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm

So you're not going to share your great-grandmother's sugar cookie recipe?

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5 Tara Kuczykowski February 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Amy, I was going to, but I think I need to tweak it a little first. First of all, it calls for Fluffo (LOL!) which is no longer made, so I substituted butter since we're trying to avoid shortening, and it also calls for two whole eggs plus two egg yolks, and I could detect a distinct "eggy" flavor to it. I will definitely share it if I can get it perfected!

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6 karen February 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I love this idea it is really cute!!

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7 Brenda February 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Thanks so much I want get to bake these because of the flu,but I promised my grandkids as soon as I felt better we would make double--They can't wait now...maybe add a bit of Mardi Gras color to them...

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8 christina February 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

thanks these are a great idea. i already have visions of multi colored easter egss with this idea! My kids will love these and all future varieties lol

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9 JDaniel4's Mom February 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm

These are so cute! It is not to late to list them in my Virtual Valentine's Day Party. http://www.jdaniel4smom.com/2011/02/welcome-virtual-valentines-day-party.html

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10 Lee February 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm

HELP!!!!!!!! FAST!!!!!!!!!! Yours look like they have 10x sugar on the heart but not on the candy part...when and how did you do that?

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11 Tara Kuczykowski February 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I didn't put any sugar on the cookie part, Lee. There's just the crushed Life Savers in the center.

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12 Amy February 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I wonder if it would work using jolly ranchers. I love the cinnamon flavored ones.

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13 Tara Kuczykowski February 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I haven't tried Jolly Ranchers, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. Can you please let us know if you try it?

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14 Amy February 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Well, I tried it and it worked ok I guess. I think I must have overfilled them because they don't look near as pretty as yours...the candy "boiled over" on most of them. I haven't taste tested yet because I just got them out of the oven (and burned my finger!!). I'm sure they'll taste fine. :)

Thank you for this awesome idea!!!

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15 Kathy February 12, 2011 at 11:05 pm

I made these and just used whatever hard candy I found in the pantry...jolly ranchers and leftover cherry flavored candy canes. They turned out cute with a little rainbow swirl action going on. =)

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16 Melissa @ Stockpiling Moms February 13, 2011 at 10:41 am

I have been crafting it up for Valentine's Day as I was my son's room mom. I made these adorable Candy Cane Hearts.

http://www.stockpilingmoms.com/2011/01/candy-cane-hearts-valentines-gift.html

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17 Serendipity is Sweet February 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm

These are so pretty! I made some simple little heart cookies. Easy to make with pantry staples.
http://www.serendipityissweet.com/2011/02/sweet-and-easy-heart-cookie-recipe-for.html

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18 Jennifer February 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Just so I'm clear, there's NO confectioner's sugar on the cookies? It looks that way in the picture and when I shared this on Facebook a friend asked the same question as Lee: How did you get confectioner's sugar on the cookies, but not the candy section??? Perhaps it's just an optical illusion! :)

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19 Tara Kuczykowski February 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Nope, I guess it's just the way the texture of the sugar cookie appears in the photo? I only used the confectioner's sugar in the frosting on the frosted cookies.

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20 Erin February 15, 2011 at 11:44 am

Does anyone know... If you don't use all of the heavy cream that you bought.... can you freeze it and use it later? This icing recipe sounds fantastic but I never know what to do with the extra cream! :) And having frozen cubes of it would be super handy! Thanks everyone!!

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