These American Flag Stained Glass Cookies are perfect for the next patriotic get together you have! Kids love to help with these, and they’re so much easier than decorating frosted cookies or cupcakes!
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I am AWFUL at decorated frosted cookies. I have zero skill in that area, so I have to be creative to make festive treats. This year for our 4th of July get together that we always I host, I’m making these super cute American Flag Stained Glass Cookies! They’re not hard, and they turn out super cool!
How to make American Flag Stained Glass Cookies
Step 1: Make the cookie dough.
The dough recipe for these is super simple. The flavor is great, and it doesn’t need chilling to keep their shape, which is great because I’m always running behind it feels like. I used THIS SET of rectangle cookie cutters to make these American Flag Stained Glass Cookies. I used the biggest one to cut out the biggest rectangle. Then I used two steps down from that size to cut out the window in the middle to make the stained glass flag. Place them on a cookie sheet that’s been liberally sprayed with non-stick spray.
Step 2: Make candy powder.
I used Jolly Ranchers to make the red and blue powder, and pineapple Lifesavers for the “white”. I could probably have found better white, but I wanted it to be easily accessible for anybody to find in their grocery store. I used my little Magic Bullet to grind 5-6 candies each into a powder for easy spreading.
Step 3: Add the blue.
When I made mine, I used a small baby spoon to spoon a bit of blue into the corner of the opening first. This seemed easiest to me for making the shapes.
Step 4: Adding the stripes.
I used the baby spoon to add the red top and bottom stripes first, then added the two white stripes, then finally filled the middle with the last red stripe. These don’t have to be perfect as they will melt, but don’t overfill, and try to keep the candy powder off the cookie itself on top because it does show up after baked.
Step 5: Bake and cool.
Once you’re finished, bake in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for 8-9 minutes. Don’t over bake, they’re done after 9 minutes I promise. Immediately sprinkle on a few of the edible stars onto the blue section to ensure they will stick. I found the cute silver edible stars on Amazon HERE.
Let them cool on the pan for about 5-10 minutes, then use a sturdy spatula to carefully pop them off the pan and place the cookies on a cooling rack to finish cooling after that. You may have one or two crack if you’re not careful, so take your time. These are best served fresh, so don’t store them days before, but rather serve them after cooling, or the day of for best results.
If you have extra batter, or want to make two kinds of cookies with the same batch of batter, check out these Patriotic Sprinkle Cookies HERE!
These American Flag Stained Glass Cookies are the perfect festive dessert for any patriotic celebration!
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 cups flour
- Jolly Ranchers (in red and blue flavors), about 5-6 of each color.
- Lifesavers (pineapple flavor) about 5-6.
- Non-stick spray
- Pre-heat your oven to 350.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together.
- Add in the egg, vanilla, and almond and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder.
- Add in half the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix.
- Add in the second half of the flour mixture, and mix. The mixture will be dry, but keep mixing and kneading until it's a soft, pliable consistency (like play dough).
- Sprinkle flour on a flat surface, and on top of your ball of dough, and roll it until it's about ¼" - ⅓" thick.
- Cut your rectangles out using the cookie cutter set listed, and place them on a cookie sheet that's been sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Use your smaller rectangle cookie cutter to cut the small rectangle out of the big rectangle.
- Grind your candy one color at a time until it's in small pieces.
- Make your flag designs using the crushed candy. I started with the blue corner, then did the top and bottom red stripes, then the two white stripes, then finished with the last red stripe in the middle.
- Bake them at 350 for 8-9 minutes and then remove them from the oven.
- Immediately add the silver stars to the blue from the oven. If you wait too long they won't stick.
- Let them cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes, until the candy has hardened.
- Use a metal spatula to remove them from the cookie sheet once the candy is hard and place them on a cooling rack to let them finish cooling.
Don't overbake. 8-9 minutes is plenty.
Don't pop them off the pan too soon or they will crack.
Don't store them for a long time before serving. They're best served the day of.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 28mg Sodium: 106mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 10g Protein: 2g