Gather the kiddos for this fun Easter recipe! You won’t want to miss making these fun and delicious Bunny Stained Glass Cookies!
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Bunny Stained Glass Cookies
This was our first time creating stained glass cookies and it will not be the last! We’ve melted candy by baking before, such as these peppermint candy plates, but we’d never baked candy into baked goods before this Bunny Stained Glass Cookies recipe!
Having the kiddos smash the candies to place inside the bunny’s heart? A blast, I tell ya! They get to work out a little aggression on the candies (heh) and we got to enjoy beautiful yet tasty cookies that you can hold up to a light and see-through! It almost felt like a science experiment! 🙂
Where Can I Find The Actual Recipe Card?
If you’d rather skip all of my cupcake decorating tips, important information for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the easy Bunny Stained Glass Cookies recipe, just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.
Can Any Hard Candy Be Used?
I would caution against using any other candies unless you experiment first. Jolly Ranchers are the best for melting down and making stained glass cookies such as these, but I haven’t personally tried other kinds yet! If you have another brand or variety, let me know! I’ll update my post! 🙂
Ingredients Needed to Make Bunny Stained Glass Cookies for Easter
To make these adorable Stained Glass Cookies for Easter or any time, you will need to gather the following ingredients:
- Unsalted butter, room temperature
- Granulated sugar
- Large eggs
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour + extra for rolling
- Baking powder
- Purple gel food coloring
- Cherry Jolly Rancher candies
Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.
Kitchen Tools Needed to Make Bunny Stained Glass Cookies
You will also need the following kitchen tools and equipment to make this beautiful recipe a success:
- Bowl set
- Wooden spoon
- Plastic wrap
- Baking sheets
- Parchment paper or silicone baking mats
- Rolling pin
- Bunny-shaped cookie cutter (the one used in this recipe is about 2 inches at its widest point and 3 inches at its longest)
- Small heart cookie cutter (about 1 inch in size)
- Sandwich bag
- Wire cooling rack
How to Make Bunny Stained Glass Cookies
Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Mix until cookie dough forms.
Add purple gel food coloring into the cookie dough and knead until completely tinted. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Once time is up, remove cookie dough from refrigerator.
Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a rolling pin and your work surface with flour. Roll out the cookie dough until it’s about ¼ of an inch thick.
Cut out 24 rabbit-shaped cookies using your bunny-shaped cookie cutter. Place each one gently on lined cookie sheet. Using a small 1-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a heart-shaped hole in the middle of each cookie.
Unwrap the Jolly Rancher candies and place in a zipped-up sandwich bag. Use your rolling pin or another heavy item (meat mallet could work too) to break the candy up into small pieces. Fill up the heart-shaped cavity with crushed candy.
Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to fully cool on a wire cooling rack before serving. Enjoy!
Can I Double or Halve This Recipe?
Absolutely, and quite easily I might add! Down at the bottom of the post, where the printable recipe is, just alter the servings size (from 24 cookies to either 12 or 48 cookies). When you click on the 24 in “24 cookies,” a slider will pop up allowing you to drag it to the side to increase the amount or lessen it. When you do that, it will immediately update the ingredient totals for you, no math required! Yay! 🙂
What Other Recipes Can I Make With This?
Related Spring or Easter recipes that would pair well with these gorgeous Bunny Stained Glass Cookies are:
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Bunny Stained Glass Cookies
- In a large bowl, cream together your butter and sugar.
- Add eggs and vanilla extract into the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together sifted flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Mix until cookie dough forms.
- Add purple gel food coloring into the cookie dough and knead until completely tinted.
- Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Once time is up, remove the cookie dough from refrigerator.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cover a rolling pin and your work surface with flour.
- Roll out the cookie dough until it’s about ¼ of an inch thick.
- Cut out 24 rabbit-shaped cookies using your bunny-shaped cookie cutter. Place each one gently on your lined cookie sheet.
- Using a miniature heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a heart-shaped hole in the middle of each cookie.
- Unwrap candies and place in a zip-up sandwich or gallon storage bag. Use a heavy item (marble rolling pin, meat mallet, etc.) to break them up into small pieces.
- Fill up the heart-shaped cavity with crushed candy.
- Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack before serving. Enjoy!