When the category “Back to School/Children’s favorite” was announced for the August edition of Fill the Cookie Jar, I asked my 6 year old what kind of cookie he wanted me to make. He responded “Ninja Turtle!”. Then he decided that sounded silly and changed to chocolate chip. I satisfied the chocolate chip request from him and his cousins with the TMNT M&M Cookies I posted on Monday.
I found a bag of Jolly Ranchers (not a sponsor of this post) in the cupboard when I was cleaning and a light bulb went off over my head: STAINED GLASS COOKIES!!!
Red, blue and purple, check. I just needed to find orange for Mikey. I dug deeper into the candy stash and found a roll of tropical Life Savers (not a sponsor of this post either), picked out all of the orange ones. I was all set.
I could have gone with a circle cookie cutter, or purchased one online, but I decided to make my own. I credit my mother with teaching me how to do it. My only addition was the duct tape.
First, I cut off both the top and bottom from a can of water chestnuts. (Nothing special about water chestnuts, I just happened to have the can in my cupboard. You can use any similar sized can).
Second, I covered one side with several layers of duct tape for protection. (Sorry, all I have is boring silver.)
Then I bent it into a turtle head shape.
On baking day, we made the dough with green and a little blue gel food coloring, probably a 4:1 ratio. I dunno, just mix until it looks right to you.
Parenting lesson #658: put the food coloring away as soon as you are done with it! He thought it was frosting.
While the dough chilled in the fridge, J brushed his teeth then helped separate and open the candies.
I let him smash the candies with a hammer while I took pictures and breathed into a paper bag to keep from hyperventilating at the thought of him smashing things with a hammer.
Since no fingers got smashed and the claw didn’t end up putting out his eye, we continued. He helped roll out the dough, with me making sure it was even when he wasn’t looking. And since I had covered the top of the cutter, I let him carefully cut the cookies.
I transferred them to a foil covered cookie sheet (very important!) and cut out the masks with a sharp knife.
He added the candies to the cutout.
When the cookies were just cooked and the candies melted I removed them from the oven and placed the eyes while the candy was still wet.
I carefully transferred the sheet of foil off of the cookie sheet and on to a wire rack to cool. To remove the cookies all I had to do was peel the foil from the cookie. Much easier than trying to get a spatula underneath, which will not happen once the candy is set. TRUST ME!
Then I piped on the mouths with some red cookie frosting per J’s exact instructions. “Raph is angry, Leo is serious, Mikey gets the big smile and Donnie can have a small smile.” Not bad for a kid that was still learning facial expressions and emotions two years ago.
And that is pretty much it. The recipe is the Stained Glass Window Cookies I made in December. Even with just 6 candies of each color we had enough for all of the cookies.
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