4th of July Stained Glass Cookies

Aren’t these cookies amazing?

 I can say that so easily because I didn’t make them, my good friend Callye of The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle did!   Today I’m sharing my blog with Callye… by that I mean she did all the work, but I’m posting it, sounds good to me!

Take it away Callye….


Callye of The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle here with a fun twist on traditional 4th of July cookies.

There are many different kinds of friendships, but for me there is something extra special about having a creative friend.  Someone who understands all of the idea running through my head, and who can visualize what I see, help me make it come to life, and generally understand my craziness.  I have found this in Glory.  Our personalities really complement one another’s.  Thanks Glory for sharing your site with me today! 

Ok, ready to make some cookies?

~How to make stained glass star cookies ~

  • You’ll need…
  • Two star cutters, a large one for the cookie and a smaller one to make the middle cut-out
  • Red and blue hard candies, crushed (I used Jolly Ranchers)
  • Wooden skewers, preferably flat sided (not round)
  • White royal icing, piping consistency, with a #2 tip

First, crush the candy in a plastic bag with a hammer or mallet.  My kiddos love helping with this!

For the cookies cut large stars out of your favorite cookie dough and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Then cut them again with the smaller cutter and remove the middle.  I used toothpicks to help me out.

After the centers are removed, fill them with crushed candy.  The easiest way I found to do this was to pour the candy onto a piece of waxed paper, fold it in half and use that as a little “spout”.  Again, use a toothpick to spread it into the points.

Bake as usual.  Remove the cookies from the oven. The candy will be very hot and bubbly.  Most of the bubbles will disappear as the cookies cool.

When they are completely cool, remove from baking sheet and decorate as desired.  I wanted to make a centerpiece with the cookies, so I used some thick royal icing to attach flat wooden skewers to the backs of the cookies.  You can also simply serve the cookies on a platter, without any sticks.

  To finish, use the white icing to pipe a dotty border around the inside and outside edges of the stars.


After they are dry, tie coordinating ribbon on the skewer. Arrange them in a pretty container using floral foam to keep them in place.   To finish, use crinkle paper to disguise the floral foam and you’ll have a beautiful and edible Independence Day centerpiece.


Thank you Callye!  What fun it is to have such a talented and generous friend!

Need more creative cookie ideas?  Make sure to visit Callye over on her site,

The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.


  1. Late post, I know XD But I just got around to go through your old updates, and… I love this idea. I was thinking of doing something similar to my cousin's son's baptism. However, at the end of the post, I spot some cookies (I think) with blue 'glassy' tops… and they're so cute.

    How do you make them?

  2. Anonymous- I would never recommend using a pre-made dough for cut-out cookies, it usually doesn't hold up very well, or keep it's shape when baked. I have my cookie recipe posted under "recipes" (on my top right sidebar). Here is the link, http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/2010/03/making-sugar-cookies-recipe-and-tips.html It is a delicious dough and very easy to work with. Best of luck!

  3. We used the betty crocker sugar cookie mix and followed the recipe part for cut out cookies and the dough was way too sticky and gooey! We ended up running out of time to try to fix it so I have a bunch of crunched up candy and no cookies! 🙁 I am going to go to the store tomorrow and get some pre-made cookie dough and see if that will work better. What cookie recipe did you use for the cookie part of yours?

  4. I love this arrangement! These cookies are too cute. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Always wanted to know how to do the stained glass. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. What a great idea,they look very pretty!

  7. Beautiful!! I was just looking into Isomalt, and this looks way easier!!
    Thanks again for a wonderful post!!

    @Cristin (Pinkie)..
    You should totally ignore that person! I have used the flower foam to make a candy bouquet, and it turned out fabulous (If I do say so myselft 🙂
    Some of the people can be so narrow minded!

  8. wow cool effect it makes when you cook the candy into the cookie center. wowow owowowowowowowowo.

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