This is one of those posts that I really don't know where to start because there is a little too much love happening here. Chocolate sugar cookies= Love. Honey Lemon Events Products= Love. Hard Candies= Love. Easy Things that Look Pretty: Love. Also kinda my dessert mantra, but more on that another time.
Let's talk first about the Honey Lemon Events Treat Boxes ok?
Because I am a little obsessed with them and the creative talent behind the enterprise. But please don't tell her, I am trying to play it cool. Here is what I really liked about these boxes: They are good quality, I mean the perfect weight where they are sturdy enough to carry your treats, but also easy enough to assemble. The smaller treat boxes (featured above on the right) are perfect for a variety of small treats from cupcakes to cookies to a few of your favourite brownies. At 11.95 CAD for a pack of 6 they are super well priced too. The party treat boxes are great for packing all the cookies, because hey who doesn't want all the cookies? They're also good for small cookies, assorted pastries, your trademark savory puffs - basically all the things you're welcome to bring to my house this Eid 😉
I know you're spotting all kinds of other cuteness in this photo so I feel like I should tell you the pom pom string is from Honey Lemon Events as are those super cute stickers. She also has washi tape that I am obsessed with and adding to my shopping cart as soon as I get done with this post. Also, my IG friends will know that I have bought and used her adorable gift bags for Eid gifts too!
The Honey Lemon Events store closes May 24th so make sure you get your orders in before then!
Are we not Instagram friends yet? Let's hang out! I am @flourandspiceblog - say hi! I am also running a super fun giveaway on Instagram for treat boxes. Don't miss it!
Chocolate Stained Glass CookiesWanna see the recipe now? Click here!
Ok. So first of all these are my favourite Chocolate Roll Out Cookies. Second of all I have zero idea where the recipe is from. It's scribbled in an old recipe book of mine and googling it revealed that it is fairly standard. This recipe makes a big batch, but if you are just having fun with the kids then a half batch works well too!
Speaking of kids mine were so proud of these cookies that they insisted they take a cookie each to school to show off. I let them, is that bad?
I'd been seeing stained glass cookies seemingly everywhere for years now and was SO excited to try them. For the stained glass component I used Jolly Ranchers, I bought 2 198g bags because Cherry and I aren't friends, but one would have worked just fine in this design. The cookie cutters are from With a Spin but use whatever you have handy! For the cut-outs I simply took a sharp paring knife and cut the cut-outs while the cookie was still in the cutter.
What you need to know about making Chocolate Stained Glass Cookies
Here are three things to keep in mind when baking these cookies
- If you use a paring knife like I did to cut the centres out then make sure the inner edges are clean otherwise you may get a few crumbs in your stained glass.
- The cookies will kind of take on the flavour of the hard candy. I was nervous about this, but they tasted surprisingly good!
- You can crush the candy in a bag, but hard candy is well, hard. I preferred putting them in my mini food processor and whizzing it for a few seconds.
SO cute right!?!? What are you waiting for? Get baking friends! And don't forget to rate the recipe and share your recreations with me - ALWAYS so thrilled to be part of your kitchen fun!
Chocolate Stained Glass Cookies
- 1 cup room temperature butter
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ tsp instant coffee granules (lightly crush in your fingers)
- ⅔ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1-2 198g bags of Jolly Ranchers
- Cream the butter, sugar, eggs, instant coffee, vanilla and cocoa powder together in a mixer till well combined.
- Mix the remaining dry ingredients together in a small bowl and gradually add to the wet mix just until it's blended in.
- I divide my dough into two, place each half onto a sheet of plastic wrap, shape into a disc and let it be in the fridge for at least two hours.
- When you are ready to bake preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Pull your dough out of the fridge to soften enough to roll out
- Separate your hard candies by flavour and whizz each colour separately in a food processor until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Roll the cookie dough out on a lightly floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. Now place the cookie cutter of choice on to the dough to cut out a cookie, press down, and don't lift it back up. With the cutter in place use a paring knife to cut out the desired shape of your cut out. You can also use a bigger and smaller cutter instead of cutting manually.
- Fill each cut out almost till the top with your crushed candies - the candy will melt down in the oven. Repeat until you've used up your cookie dough. This cookie dough tightly wrapped will also keep well in the freezer for three months.
- Bake for 8 minutes, the edges will darken, let the cookies cool enough for the candy to harden then move to a wire rack. Enjoy!
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Looking for more cookies and Eid-spiration? Check out this post!
Psst this is NOT a sponsored post! I have been sent most of the Honey Lemon Products used in this post, but the opinions are, as always, all mine!