STAINED-GLASS HEARTS

As you may know, I firmly believe that love should be celebrated the whole year. Why save heart-shaped cookies for February? So here I am to share stained-glass cookies that will spread love around. You can use any sugar cookie you like, but I give you the recipe to make the stained-glass component. Just be careful when working with it, as you will take the syrup to 312F. Your skin will not appreciate any contact with it, even if it is just a tiny little drop. Trust me, I know…

It all starts with baking the cookies, making a large heart-shaped cutout in the center. Next, use Royal icing to decorate in any way you like. The center part can be decorated as mini-cookies, no need to discard them.

Now, time to make the syrup… To a sauce pan add

250 sugar  
 75g water   
50g corn syrup   
squirt of lemon juice

Bring to 312F. Transfer to a heat-safe bowl, add color, and carefully, very carefully, spoon the hot syrup into the opening of the cookies, placing them preferably over a silicone mat. Allow to fully set before moving the cookies around.

I just love the effect as the light goes through the candy component…

The stained-glass cutout can be incorporated in different shapes, and I intend to play with the concept in the near future.

For beautiful inspiration, check this youtube video….