Candy Window Cut-Out Christmas Cookies Recipe

Candy Window Cookies

Butter cream cheese cut-out cookies with little candy windows shaped with tiny cookie cutters.

60 min. prep time
40 cookies
353 Ratings



1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour


Fruit-flavored hard candies, unwrapped, finely crushed
Decorated candies
Decorator sugars


Combine all cookie ingredients except flour in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour; beat at low speed just until mixed.

Divide dough in half. Shape each half into ball; flatten slightly.  Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 325° F.  Line cookie sheets with aluminum foil.; set aside.

Roll out 1 portion of dough on lightly floured surface (keeping remaining dough refrigerated) to 15x10-inch rectangle. Cut dough into 20 (3x2 1/2-inch) rectangles using sharp knife or pastry wheel. Cut small shapes in center of each rectangle using tiny cookie cutters, hors d'voeure cutters or sharp knife. Save cut-out shapes to decorate remaining dough.

Place cookies onto prepared cookie sheets. Fill cut-out centers of rectangles with enough crushed candy to evenly fill holes. (If using more than one color candy, keep candy separated by color. When filling holes, mix colors as little as possible). Bake 8-11 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned and candy is melted. Cool completely before removing from cookie sheets.

Roll second portion of dough into 15x10-inch rectangle. Cut dough into rectangles as directed above. Place saved tiny cut-out shapes of dough on each rectangle. Decorate with decorator sugars, if desired. Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets; cool completely.

Recipe Tip

To crush candy, separate candy by color. Place candy in plastic food bags. Crush candy with hammer or flat edge of mallet.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 100

Fat: 5g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 45mg

Carbohydrates: 11g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #10698©1999Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I got this recipe in the '90s and still make it every year. Our family calls them stained glass cookies. TIP: Use one of those straws with the "spoon" on the bottom to get the crushed candy into the cutouts.
I use this recipe every year for cut out cookies
Keep with the time listed on the recipe I wanted my cookie bottoms to be a little darker and the candy tasted a little burnt even though the cookies didn't look overdone.I tried again keeping to the exact recipe time and they turned out great! My daughter loved the look of stained glass!

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