STAINED GLASS ORNAMENTS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom and interior sides of the cookie cutters with
aluminum foil and brush foil lightly with oil -- this is VERY important or you'll never get the
tin foil off! Set foil lined cutters on baking sheet.
Arrange any hard candies (Jolly Ranchers or LifeSavers) in a single layer on the foil bottom
of the cookie cutter. Bake until the candies melt -- about 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven. Let cool for one minute, then poke a hole in the top with
a wooden skewer.
Cool, then pop out the stained glass shapes from the cookie cutter and peel off
the aluminum foil. Thread a ribbon or string through the hole. Hang in a sunny window,
on your Christmas tree, or better yet, just eat the thing.
I was feeling heavy on Jolly Ranchers one day so went ahead and did this so I could
take pictures of the process At first I was going to do a chili pepper but then decided
it was too hard to get the foil into the little stem part so I settled on a heart and a mitten.
I was glad my finger nails are nothing to write home about because it took a little pushing to get the foil lined up around the cutters. I used cooking spray to oil the cutters. Notice that the Jolly Ranchers aren't jammed together and I didn't
The candy did take 10 minutes to melt.
It took about 5 minutes of cooling before the hole would stay. I used the narrow end of a chopstick to make it.
After about 10 minutes I was easily able to peel away the foil. I noticed that the candy cooled more quickly when I moved them off the cookie sheet and put them on my counter.