This week’s project theme over at Unplug Your Kids was glass, which sounded a little scary to me. What could I do with the theme of glass that wouldn’t put my children’s lives in danger? 🙂 Thankfully google once again came through for me, providing the recipe for these rocking Stained Glass Cookies.
It’s honestly a miracle we ever had time to do these, considering what a crazy week we had last week with VBS at church every night and our family’s getaway to the Twin Cities on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but somehow we got them done.
I made the dough ahead of time, so the first thing the boys got to do was crush up the candy for the inside of the cookies. We used Jolly Ranchers. I put each color in a separate freezer bag and let the boys at it with Art’s hammer and my rolling pin.
I’m sure it will shock you to learn that they really liked this part.
Making thin strips of dough into shapes was the most challenging part for the boys. I helped them quite a bit at first, but they started to figure it out as they got into it.
Note: the recipe doesn’t tell you to do this, but I covered my cookie sheet in foil and then sprayed it with cooking spray. It worked fabulously at the end so I could peel the cookies right off.
Once we had our shapes made, we filled the spaces with crushed up candy.
Here they are, ready to go into the oven.
And here we have the finished product. Don’t they look cool? I sent one with Ryan in his lunch on Thursday and greatly impressed all my coworkers.
A couple notes about these cookies. First, if you’re looking for the yummiest cookies ever, don’t bother with these. The combination of cookie dough and Jolly Ranchers is kind of nasty, although the boys liked them. These cookies are fabulous for showing off how cool of a mom you are, not how great of a baker you are. 🙂 Second, should you decide to take these cookies along with you on a trip to Minnesota, and should you stuff them all into a baggie and put them in your snack box and leave them in the van for several hours while you go sightseeing, it is fairly likely that they will melt into a big smooshie mess. Hypothetically, of course.
And there you have this week’s unplugged project. At this point, Mom Unplugged hasn’t posted this week’s post at her blog, but I encourage you to go over there when she does and check out the other ideas using the theme glass.
Tonight I hope to post some pictures of our little trip, it was a wonderful weekend– I don’t think I could have asked for anything better.
Have a great one! 🙂