Stained Glass Cookies ~ The Under $1 Experiment

Happy Friday! Ever have one of those times when you hear of something cute and easy to do, you try it and it is a bit of a fail? Not a total failure...just a partial one. That's the case with these Stained Glass Cookies ~ The Under $1 Experiment.
I was perusing my local Target store last week and noticed they had marked down the Christmas stuff to 90% off.  I had to take a look. That's when I spied these Pillsbury Sugar Cookie mixes and colored candy canes. I took them over to the price scanner and did a little happy dance when one came up at 24 cents and the other at 19 cents. Of course, they hopped into my basket along with a couple more boxes of cookie mix.
I took them home and set to making the Stained Glass Cookies. First, I crushed up the candy canes. Then made up the dough according to the directions on the box.
I rolled it out and cut the dough into these adorable hearts using some vintage cookie cutters. (Please pardon the floury hands. In my excitement to make these cookies I didn't bother cleaning them up between steps.) Then I cut out smaller hearts in the centers of the cookies.
I filled up the heart-shaped holes with the crushed candy canes and even used the extra to sprinkle on the smaller hearts.
The first batch baked up fine, but this is what happened when I went to remove the cookies from the pan. The whole first batch was pretty much ruined. I had not greased the pan in the first batch. (This picture is from the 2nd batch, but I assure you, the cookie carnage is identical.)
For the second batch, I greased the pan. Unfortunately, only about half of the cookies survived without the candy portion sticking to the pan. The third batch, well, a few of the cookies made it off the pan in one piece.
So, what should have been 3 dozen or more beautiful stained glass cookies, turned out to be about a dozen. I ask you, what did I do wrong? Each time the candy hardened up and stuck to the pan after coming out of the oven and sitting on the pan. If I rushed it, the candy was gooey and pulled away from the cookie. If I ever do these again, I believe I will try parchment paper. That may be the ticket! Like I said in the title of my post...the Under $1 Experiment. I figure the butter and egg I added would up the value a bit. I'm glad I tried it. If you ever attempt this experiment, I do wish you great success. Will you please let me know the secret to removing the cookies in one piece? Thank you.

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15 comments:

  1. Hi Nici, I think you're right about the parchment paper, that may be the way to go. Your cookies (the ones that survived) turned out so pretty! I made them once a while back and I don't remember having problems with them sticking, but it's been so long ago, I don't remember what I did. Have a great day!

    Debbie

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  2. I've had the same problem when I've tried, and I agree that I think parchment paper is the way to go. How exciting to find the cookie mix for such a great price, though! :) Love it when that happens. Your cookies that turned out are beautiful!

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  3. Very pretty cookies! Looks yummy too:)

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  4. Nici I'm thinking a Silpat liner is the key. The cookies that did turn out are so pretty!

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  5. These are great cookies! I would give the parchment paper a go next time. That always helps my baking come out better. Good luck! Hopping over from the Tatortots link up!

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  6. I've been wanting to try these, I'm going to pin them so I canmake them for my son's class for Valentine's Day! Thanks!

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  7. So cute! I did use parchment paper to make the starlite candy trays this year so candy won't stick to it.

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  8. Excellent idea! And the dozen you have look really really good! I liked this post, I could totally relate! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!

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  9. These are so beautiful. I love food that doubles as artwork. New follower here from the One Project At A Time hop! Please stop by my hop on Wednesdays (live tonight) to add your links. That would be so great.

    Sinea from Ducks 'n a Row

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  10. Hard candy definitely will stick to the pan, even with lots of grease, I think parchment paper is probably a good idea. Love the effect though, very cute! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Bethany @ Whistle and Ivy

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  11. Such pretty cookies you've created. Good score on your mixes too. I will have to pin this to my "Recipes to Try" board. Would love to add these to my Christmas cookie list next year. Cheers.

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  12. Super impressive. What else to do with all those left over candy canes. I am loving this idea. I wish I had some candy canes to smash up to make some. Future project! I came over to check out your post. I saw you over Blissful and Domestic. Just started a brand new blog hop "Inspiration in Progress" and I would be honored if you would come by and link these up. http://onecreativeprocrastinatinggal.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2013-01-17T00:50:00-05:00&max-results=3

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    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic
    www.blissfulanddomestic.com

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