How To Make Stained Glass Window Cookies

Learn how to make these beautiful stained glass window cookies inspired by the game Sagrada.

Joseph Joseph Rolling Pin
Meringue Powder
Sheet Pan
Princess Bakery Emulsion
Circle Cutters
Piping Bags
Tip #2 and Coupler
Piping Bag Ties

Stained Glass Window Cookies

Beautiful cookies made with cookie dough and hard candies that resemble a stained glass window. The cookies can be eaten or made into ornaments.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) Softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp princess bakery emulsion
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • Hard Candies


  1. In a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy and well incorporated. Add vanilla, princess bakery emulsion, salt and egg. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

  2. Slowly add the flour to the butter mixture. The dough will be ready when it sticks to the paddle.
  3. Sprinkle a piece of parchment paper with flour and roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Transfer the dough to a cookie sheet and chill for 30 minutes.

  4. Separate each hard candy by color.  Place them into a plastic bag and crush the candies with a hammer or meat tenderizer. 

  5. Take the chilled dough out of the refrigerator, and cut out the round cookie shapes. 

  6. Next, use small cookie cutters to cut out the window design into the cookie. If you plan to turn these into ornaments, you will need to cut a small hole for the ribbon.

  7. Fill the spaces with the crushed candy.

  8. Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees. Watch them carefully as they are baking.

  9. After baking, remove the cookies from the baking sheet with a spatula and allow to cool completely before applying icing.

Recipe Notes

We found that Jolly Rancher hard candies have prettier colors, but were harder to eat after cooking.

The Life Savers did not have as many pretty colors, but were softer and easier to eat.


Royal Icing


  • 2 lbs confectioner's sugar
  • 5 tbsp meringue powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup water


  1. Mix the flavoring into half the water. 

  2. Using a mixer, combine the meringue powder and powdered sugar.  

  3. Slowly add the water and flavoring into the dry ingredients. The icing will then become very thick.

  4. Next add the remaining water and mix on medium speed and whip until thick and fluffy. Stop mixing when the icing forms a soft peak. 

  5. You can add more water as needed to reach the desired piping consistency.

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