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Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for stained glass Valentine heart cookies made with Jolly Ranchers or other hard candy. You will love these heart shaped sugar cookies.

Stained Glass Valentine Heart Cookies

5 from 5 votes
Course: Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies, Valentine's
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24 Cookies
Calories: 186kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
You should try stained glass heart cookies for Valentine's Day! These stained glass Valentine heart cookies mad with Jolly Ranchers or other hard candy are just perfect. Heart shaped sugar cookies with candy windows are so easy to make, too.
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  • 3/4 Cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs room temperature and beaten
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • food colouring gel, red, no taste
  • 2 ½ Cups all purpose flour and ¼ cup divided
  • 2 Cups hard candy crushed into small chunks


  • Using a stand mixer and paddle attachment cream together softened butter, granulated sugar, and sea salt until smooth and creamy (about 3 minutes). Scrape down sides as needed and continue to mix.
  • Add in beaten eggs and vanilla and mix until combined (about 1 minute or so).
  • Gradually add in the flour and mix on medium-low until well combined. As you are adding in the flour, add a few drops of food coloring until you get the desired shade of red.
  • Tightly wrap your dough ball in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours. You can separate it into 2 balls if you prefer to work with smaller batches.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Take your dough out of the fridge.
  • Use some of the extra flour to sprinkle on a clean countertop and turn the dough out onto it.
  • Sprinkle the dough ball with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to about ¼ inch thick. Use more of the extra flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to the counter or rolling pin.
  • Use a large cookie cutter to cut out “panes” of cookie dough and transfer them to the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Use a smaller cookie cutter out of the panes and remove them, adding them to the extra dough that you will roll out for more cookies or use them for smaller mini cookies.
  • Place crushed hard candies in the cutout of the cookie dough panes. You want to fill it nearly full with the hard candy crumbs and be sure it is in an even layer, not mounded in the centre. 
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown and the candies are completely melted.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet before removing.


Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.