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.