Stained Glass Trees

I was browsing my cookbook collection, yes, I have quite a few……and I came across this recipe for Stained Glass Trees.  Since my girls love things that shine and sparkle (especially if they can go IN their mouths, like earrings, ahhhhhh) I thought they might enjoy these cookies!  Well, I was half right – my youngest thinks they are fabulous, my oldest thinks they are too sticky.  Can’t win ’em all, right? 😉  These cookies are crispy and buttery, and their luminescent quality makes them stand out on a holiday table.  I could easily see these Stained Glass Trees adorning each place setting for Christmas Eve dinner.  This is the third recipe in my blog series, 12 Days of Cookies.  Enjoy! 🙂

Stained Glass Trees ~ Pearls + Girls

Stained Glass Trees

Source:  Martha Stewart’s Cookies Cookbook

Yield:  About 3 dozen


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for rolling out

Assorted colored hard candies, such as Jolly Rancher, colors separated and finely chopped


Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl, set aside.  Cream butter with an electric mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until fluffy and pale yellow, about 3 minutes.  Add egg and vanilla, mix to combine.  On low speed, add flour mixture and mix until combined.  Divide dough into two disks, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for one hour.


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut out shapes using a tree-shapped cookie cutter.  Using the tip of a paring knife, make a triangular cutout in the center of each cookie.  Transfer to a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.  Sprinkle candy in a single layer in the hole of each cookie.  Bake 11 – 12 minutes or until slightly browned.  Midway through baking, check for any bubbles in the glass, if so, use a toothpick to pop the bubbles.  Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes.  Using a thin metal spatula, transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Stained Glass Trees ~ Pearls + GIrls