Ah, Canada. My absolute favorite place up north. Beautiful landscapes, picturesque winters, and actually accessible healthcare. To celebrate my favorite country north of the US, I created these ah-mazing maple leaf stained glass cookies.
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My fiance and I both fell in love with Canada when we first visited Vancouver Island a couple years ago.
We both have always wanted to move abroad. He to Australia, me to France. At least when we were kids. Now we both agree that the best place for us to go is to good ol’ Canada.
Why? Because. 1. They have a lot more wide open space where you can actually afford land. (It’s hard to have a farm if you don’t have land). 2. Winter. Yeah, we’re those psychos that absolutely love winter. And 3. the people are all so wonderful that we can’t wait to open our future restaurant there and adopt a family to raise.
So! If you hadn’t guessed, I’m a HUUUGEE fan of Canada. And even though it’ll probably be a little bit before we transplant there, I still feel Canadian at heart.
And because of that, I obviously had to create some cookies for Canada Day.
Maple Leaf Stained Glass Cookies
- ¾ cup Sugar
- ⅔ cup butter
- ¼ cup almond milk
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2¼ cup flour
- 10 red + pink Jolly Ranchers
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
- Preheat your oven to 350°
- Cream your butter and sugar for about 5 minutes. Add in your almond milk.
- Add you vanilla. Then add the egg and mix until just combined.
- Add in the dry ingredients and mix well. Lightly sprinkle a section of a clean, dry counter with some powdered sugar.
- Roll out the dough to be about ¼" thick. Then cut out the dough with mason jar lid and then using your mini leaf cookie cutter cut a maple leaf out the middle of the circle.
- Crush the Jolly Ranchers by placing them between 2 sheets of parchment paper or in a ziploc bag if you want to be an eco-disaster and crush them with a rolling pin.
- Place your cookies on a silicone mat lined baking sheet. Then fill the maple leaf cut outs with the Jolly Rancher pieces to the top of the cut out hole. Bake for 9-12 minutes. Allow your cookies to cool and your candy to harden to room temperature.
- Remove the cookies from the baking sheet with a spatula and enjoy!
- To store, line the bottom of an airtight container with parchment paper and place the cookies in layers with parchment paper in between each layer. (Trust me, you don't want a goopy mess sticking together). Store at room temperature for up to a week
How to Make Canada Day Stained Glass Cookies
Often times people will make stained glass cookies with two cookie cutters that are the same shape – one just smaller than the other.
However, I didn’t have different sized maple leaves so as any great baker must do, I improvised. I used my mini maple leaf cookie cutter which is a God send for fall baking and the lid of a mason jar.
Get the mini maple leaf set cookie cutter that I used here!
What did I end up with? Perfection. So never hesitate to get creative and improvise, especially when it comes to the design and decorating of baked goods. Yes, baking may be a science, but the look of your baking is all art.
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When rolling out sugar cookie dough, use powdered sugar instead of flour to prevent stickiness. Powdered sugar will absorb into the dough whereas flour can leave your cookies with a weird white film. No beuno.
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Make sure you layer enough of the Jolly Rancher pieces to pretty much fill up your cut out without overfilling. You don’t want a paper thin layer because it’ll be more likely to have gaps once everything cools.
How to Store the Canada Day Stained Glass Cookies
Store these in an airtight container. You can freeze them, refrigerate them, or just leave them on the counter. It just depends on how quickly you plan on eating them. Stale cookies are gross.
These bad boys can last a while but I highly, HIGHLY suggest storing them with parchment paper in between the layers of cookies AND at the bottom of your air tight container.
If by chance your cookies start to warm up (because their in some sunlight, your oven heats up the kitchen, etc) the Jolly Rancher may get slightly sticky and then stick to surfaces.
And you know what that means?! Yeah, it means a ruined cookie and crushed dreams.
Canada Day is a day to celebrate the forming of the best country to the north. And just like in the US, they celebrate with fireworks, parades, and obviously my maple leaf stained glass cookies…obviously.
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See you soon, friend!