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Mana Symbol Stained Glass Cookies

Update 11/15/16: The candy centers are basically impossible to eat.

So, I don’t play Magic, but I bake Magic treats which probably signals to some people that I’m a Magic player’s significant other. Anyway, I saw this Youtube video of someone making stained glass cookies for Splatoon characters and immediately thought that the technique would work great for mana symbols cookies. So, after staying up until 3AM on election day, I decided to spend some time experimenting with this stained glass cookies thing on Wednesday.

And behold! The results! Not too shabby if I do say so myself. I used a sugar cookies recipe from Allrecipes, cut the mana symbol shapes out by hand, and filled the cookies in with a crushed Dum Dum lollipops (bought a bag of 320 lollipops 50% off from a local CVS – gotta love that post-Halloween candy sale!). The entire process, including make the sugar cookie dough, took a couple of hours. Most of that time went to cutting out the cookies.

The full recipe and instructions are at the bottom of the post.

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Things that did NOT work

DIY mana symbol cookie cutters. I didn’t like any of the mana symbol cookie cutters for sale online, and I wasn’t about to wait 5-10 business days for free shipping either. There are tons of Youtube videos and tutorials out there for how to make your own cookies cutters, but I soon realized the mana symbols were far too intricate. It was a nightmare trying to get the aluminum strips to mold into the right shape. Blue mana was easy enough, but I didn’t bother with the other colors (red mana, I’m looking at you) after the black mana symbol started looking like a disfigured mushroom.

I printed out images of each mana symbol on a sheet of white paper and cut out the shapes with a pair of scissors. After using a round cookie cutter to cut out cookies, I used the mana symbol cut-outs as stencils. I traced around the edge of the cut-outs with a small knife to get the right shape. The shapes were particularly difficult to cut out by hand, so if you want to save on time and effort, it might be worthwhile to buy cookie cutters online (or 3D print them if you have the technology!).

Long story short: cut ’em by hand or buy ’em.

Jolly Ranchers. I watched a bunch of videos that used crushed Jolly Ranchers for the stained glass. So, I went out and bought a bag of Jolly Ranchers, unwrapped a bunch of blue ones, put them in a ziplock bag, and tried to crush them with a rolling pin on my kitchen counter. It didn’t work at all. Maybe I wasn’t applying enough force. Maybe I was just inept. For whatever reason, the Jolly Ranchers refused to be crushed.

Things that DID work

Dum Dum lollipops! Unlike the Jolly Ranchers which stubbornly refused to be crushed, the 50% off Dum Dum lollipops were more than ready to give up their lives for science my baking experiment. They were super easy to crush, especially after I gave up the rolling pin for a hammer. Life Savers might also work.

Baking the cookies first before filling in the crushed candy! I found this out through trial and error. When I baked the cookies for 8 minutes with the candy in from the beginning, the cookies were still doughy and soft but the candy was beginning to boil over. So I baked the cookies first for 5-6 minutes, added the candy, and baked for another 3-4 minutes. The baking time varies on the thickness of your cookie and how much candy you filled the shapes with, so I recommend doing a few test pieces first.

Mana Symbol Stained Glass Cookies
Print Recipe
Sugar cookies with melted candy centers in the shape of mana symbols.
Servings Prep Time
60 Cookies 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 Cookies 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 minutes 20 minutes
Mana Symbol Stained Glass Cookies
Print Recipe
Sugar cookies with melted candy centers in the shape of mana symbols.
Servings Prep Time
60 Cookies 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 Cookies 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 minutes 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Cookies
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Print out mana symbols on a sheet of white paper. Cut out the shapes with scissors.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into mana symbol shapes with a knife and round cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  4. Remove from oven and fill in each mana symbol with the desired amount of crushed candy. Bake for 3-5 more minutes in the preheated oven. Check periodically to make sure the candy is melting and not bubbling over. When the candy is completely melted and the cookies are starting to brown at the edges, remove from the oven and cool completely.
  5. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven.
Recipe Notes

I used this roll out sugar cookie recipeand Dum Dum lollipops.

Serving size varies depending on the size and thickness of your cookies.

If you do not have baking powder, you can use various substitutes.

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Private: Mana Symbol Stained Glass Cookies

Mana Symbol Stained Glass Cookies
Print Recipe
Sugar cookies with melted candy centers in the shape of mana symbols.
Servings Prep Time
60 Cookies 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 Cookies 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 minutes 20 minutes
Mana Symbol Stained Glass Cookies
Print Recipe
Sugar cookies with melted candy centers in the shape of mana symbols.
Servings Prep Time
60 Cookies 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 Cookies 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 minutes 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Cookies
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Print out mana symbols on a sheet of white paper. Cut out the shapes with scissors.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into mana symbol shapes with a knife and round cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  4. Remove from oven and fill in each mana symbol with the desired amount of crushed candy. Bake for 3-5 more minutes in the preheated oven. Check periodically to make sure the candy is melting and not bubbling over. When the candy is completely melted and the cookies are starting to brown at the edges, remove from the oven and cool completely.
  5. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven.
Recipe Notes

I used this roll out sugar cookie recipeand Dum Dum lollipops.

Serving size varies depending on the size and thickness of your cookies.

If you do not have baking powder, you can use various substitutes.

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