Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cookies with stained glass masks are a fun and easy project for parents and kids.
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.
But, I then I thought of adapting my Stained Glass Cookie recipe to make them.
I could have gone with a circle cookie cutter, or purchased one online, but I decided to make my own. I just used a can of water chestnuts (or tuna) opened both ends, shaped it to look like a turtle head and covered the top with duct tape.
I free handed the masks with a knife
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.
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.
Stained Glass Window Cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cups shortening (or half shortening and half butter/margarine)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or ½ teaspoon lemon extract)
- 2 eggs
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 40-50 hard ring shaped candies (or any hard candy, break bigger, thicker candies if using)
- In a large bowl mix sugar and shortening in a large bowl until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs.
- Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until combined and a soft dough is formed. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Line cookie sheets with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL! The candy will stick to your pans once it melts and re-hardens and will not come off without a lot of soaking.
- Roll dough to ⅛" thickness and cut out outer shapes. Move to cookie sheets then cut out inner shapes with small cookie cutters or freehand with a knife. I use approximately 3" circles or hearts for the outer cookie and 1" cutters for the inside shape.
- Put a ring shaped candy in the hole of each cookie. Bake for 7-8 minutes, watching carefully. As soon as the candy is melted and the cookies just start to turn tan remove from oven to avoid scorching. If the candy has not completely filled the hole immediately spread with a knife.
- Slide foil or parchment paper off of cookie sheet and on to a cooling rack and allow cookies to cool completely. Remove cookies from foil/parchment, they might stick a little at first so you may need to peel the foil/parchment from the back to be sure to remove it all.
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Those cookies look great! Love the stained glass effect.
Haha, these are so cool. The little one is adorable! Who would've thought to make ninja turtles with stain glass, I love it. I'm dropping by from Google Plus. I hope you & the family are having a great day.
How cute are these cookies!!!! My grandson would love them also. You did a great job. Stopping by from #fillthecookiejar. Pinned/shared.
I think you are the best Mother in the whole world! I don't think I would have had the patience to make a mold and crush those candies. Thanks for being a part of the Fill The Cookie Jar group!
These are super cute! I may have to make them for my grandsons!
Bernadyn @ B is For...
How fun! Thanks for all the tips, too. I'm sure my son will love to make these. What a good idea to use food cans as cookie cutters, I have some saved so I'll try cutting them, too. Pinning!
Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade
Very cute and with the new movie coming out, I'm sure lots of moms will be making these.
Kris ~ Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies
These are SOOOO Cool! You have to win the coolest mom of the week on this creation!
Crystal @ Crystal's Tiny Treasures
Those are the cutest things! And thank you for sharing your secrets on homemade cookie cutters and peeling off foil from the cookies, great tips!
These are cute! My husband would love the Ninja Turtle shapes. 😛 Thanks for sharing!
Visiting from Mums take five and this is so so cool! My boys are turning the leaf from Ninjago to ninja turtles and this will be a big hit! Thanks for sharing. Pinning this!
One Messy Mamma
Swinging by to say hi via Mums Take 5 and just wanted to say these are so cool!!!! Mr 8 has put in a request for some - he is looking over my shoulder 🙂
They looks great, and quite easy to make!
pam (Sidewalk Shoes)
Those are so cute! I would have had to do something Barbie-ish with my girls!
Oh, these are so much fun. Thanks for the great recipe.
What a creative idea! I love that you melted candy..so cool! Thanks so much for linking up to Wined Down Wednesday! 🙂
Marlys (This and That)
I love these cookies... They are so cute and I am sure they were a big hit.
Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do
These are adorable! My kids would be so impressed with those. Love it! Now I have to go and order some eyes. 😉 Thanks for sharing with the Merry Monday Linky Party!
My boys are Ninja Turtle nuts! I'll have to try this with them!