I got out my box of cookie cutters and picked a few appropriately sized ones to use.
This recipe calls for Life Savers, sorted by color and then crushed for the stained glass effect. I decided to improvise with what I had on hand, candy canes.
I obtained valuable information from my fellow bakers who had already made this recipe. With that knowledge I decided to only crush one candy cane, make just a few cookies with the stained glass effect and use the smallest circle cut-out I had. Dorie’s version uses a pastry tip for the cut-outs and then using it to funnel the crushed candy in to fill the hole. Some bakers had trouble with this step so I left it out. I also decided not to do the egg wash glaze and optional toppings.
The reviews were great. I loved these candy canes and all. A great butter cookie even without the candy. You must have time and patience to make these. I froze my scrap dough in between each roll out session. It did take quite a bit of time but it was much easier to work with the dough if it was well frozen. Not an everyday cookie but well worth it for the holidays. The melted candy canes stay crisp the next day too, no sogginess.
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