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Stained Glass Heart Cookies

Stained Glass heart cookies are a festive Valentine’s treat. Use melted candy like Swedish Fish to add color to these cut out cookies. So pretty!

stack of heart cookies for Valentines' Day on red napkin

Stained glass cookies are often reserved for Christmas but I had never made them before and thought that baking them in HEART shapes would be fun for Valentine’s Day.

This particular recipe comes from Martha Stewart’s site. I’ll include the link below so that you can click through to the full recipe.

First I used crushed LifeSavers for the middle and liked the effect of the “stained glass” but found that it was terribly crunchy to bite through.

My second try brought Swedish fish candies to fill the middles. Simple roll out a Swedish fish with a rolling pin or by squishing it with your clean fingers then use your small cookie cutter to make the same shape as you did in the cookie dough. Press the candy into the middle of the unbaked dough and then baked for the recommended time.

This choice helped me twofold: 1. I liked the softer center to the cookie and didn’t worry about breaking a tooth! and 2. Placing the red middle in first to the raw dough saves the step of adding the crushed candies midway through the baking time.

Granted, the Swedish fish do not give that window-like look when you hold the cookie up to the light but they certainly are pretty and they taste good too! Want to skip the filled middle all together?

That works as well, this is a good recipe for a standard sugar cookie with a shortbread taste. Another butter cookie that makes a pretty Valentine’s Day cookie are these heart shaped cookies made with a cookie press.

Here’s another recipe that works well for Valentine’s Day– chocolate avocado pudding. It’s a chocolate pudding that you can feel good about serving your family. And it tastes great!

Stained Glass Heart Cookies

Valentines Heart Cookies

Stained glass heart cookies made with a candy filling of Jolly Ranchers are a festive treat for Valentine's Day.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Hard candy such as Life Saver or Jolly Rancher; alternate choice of Swedish Fish


  1. Please click through for the original recipe from Martha Stewart's site.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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Tuesday 19th of January 2016

The Swedish fish are a brilliant substitute, Holly! Your pretty cookies are absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day or any time you want to spread a little love around.


Tuesday 19th of January 2016

What a beautiful cookie! I myself have never attempted these cookies, but after seeing these I'm eager to try! Lovely just lovely!

Linda @ 2 Cookin' Mamas

Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Beautiful cookies and love the idea of the stained glass look. Don't know what Swedish fish are but they looked like they gave a wonderful effect. I remember making cookie ornaments to hang on the tree with life savers but I wouldn't have wanted to eat them either. Great idea!


Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Using Swedish fish is a great idea! I have tried hard candies in the middle of cookies before, and I always thought they were too crunchy.

Barbara | Creative Culinary

Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Those are simply adorable Holly; great idea!

Holly F

Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Thanks, Barb! Hearts make every cookie just that much more adorable but, you know me, I'd eat a cookie in any shape!

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