Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Stained Glass Cookies ~ Baking Chez Moi

Per Tricia ~
This is a makeup week, or "rewind", as the Tuesdays with Dorie
community calls it.  I hadn't yet completed the Stained Glass Cookie
 recipe from Baking Chez Moi so I decided to go for it.  I expected 
the process to be time consuming so I tackled it AFTER 
Christmas, but while both sons were still home on break. 
 The process WAS time consuming. 
Even with Dorie's detailed  instructions, when you start thinking
 that tweezers would be a useful tool as you are cooking it's a good 
indicator that the process is involved. I'm not that patient :)

These were lovely when held up to the light. But even better to eat :)
The verdict ? 

Off the charts delicious and fun to look at. 
That said, I have no intention to ever make these cookies -per the recipe 
and for the holidays -again. I also have every intention to make the 
COOKIE part of the recipe many times.  I'll just omit the labor intensive/
arts & crafts cutting and filling with candy I have crushed by hand.

I cut the edge of a plastic bag and piped in the crushed candy, rethinking my choice of snowflake cutter the whole time.....
The cookie recipe is hands down the best butter cookie I have ever made. 
While many might not think its a compliment, the fact that the cookies
 tasted like the old school blue tins of little shaped butter cookies I grew 
up with is a huge compliment in my book. To have those little 
delights in a warm and fresh version was a wonderful surprise. 
I added an egg wash to the dough before cutting. The inserts got the extra candy on top- delicious !

And while it was labor intensive to this admittedly lazy baker, I really did 
enjoy trying - at least once - Dorie's technique for decorating the cookies 
this way. Trying is what it is all about.  And I am totally planning to steal
 the idea of one of my blogging peers who's going to revisit this with 
heart shaped cutters and red candy for Valentine's Day. Love it.

This marks another Tuesday recipe testing as we cook along with the "Tuesdays with Dorie" online group.  Please note that we do not post the recipes, per the group rules, but we do encourage others to RUN out and buy their own copy of Dorie Greenspan's "Baking Chez Moi".  Better yet, buy the book and JOIN THE GROUP ! www.TuesdaysWithDorie.wordpress.com


  1. Happy New Year to you both!!! I'm loving the Valentine's Day idea!!! xoxo

  2. Your cookies look great and the technique of depositing the crushed candy into the cutouts is genius.

  3. Your cookies looks lovely! I skipped this one out, as I was not keen on the candy centre. But they look very festive and pretty! Maybe I should make them as plain cookie instead, one that I would enjoy with a cup of coffee!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Your cookies turned out beautifully! Though I do agree they are rather labour intensive.

  5. Happy New Year. I agree with you on these cookies. Best butter cookie, too labor intensive but fun to try once. What I wonder about, cottage cheese. Who came up with that and when did they know it was done? Happy baking!

  6. I think your cookies turned out fabulously! Definitely a pain in the neck to make, but the snowflake cutter cookie look gorgeous against the light! Well done!

  7. Wow! Your cookies look amazing! They look like they were made in a fancy bakery!

  8. Your cookies turned out beautiful. I totally agree with you on the cookie recipe. I might have to try some sanding sugar on top, those were always my favorites of the blue tin variety.