Rudolph Stained Glass Cookies

Cute, festive, kid-friendly Rudolph stained class sugar cookie recipe made with free range eggs. | Cute, festive, kid-friendly Rudolph stained class sugar cookie recipe made with free range eggs. |
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
yield 3 dozen cookies


If you've never baked stained glass cookies, you're in for a treat! All the technique requires is your favorite hard candy and a few minutes in the oven. For this recipe, you can use these simple steps to create Rudolph sugar cookies complete with a red nose. If your kiddos, nieces, or nephews are around, let them lend a hand and watch their eyes fill with wonder and glee when you open up the oven.

BY:Cupcake Project


  • 1/2 stick Nellie's Free Range Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large Nellie’s Free Range Egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 12 red hard candies (such as strawberry or cherry candies)
  • 6 dozen candy eyeballs
  • 2 tablespoons white icing
  • Special equipment: reindeer-shaped cookie cutter


  • In a medium-sized bowl, cream the butter and sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg until incorporated, then mix in the vanilla, salt, and flour until well combined.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you are ready to use it.
  • Place hard candies in a food processor and pulse until broken into small pieces.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4-inch thick and cut with reindeer-shaped cookie cutters. Use a small circle cookie cutter to cut a hole in each reindeer where the nose should go.
  • Transfer cookies to baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 6 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and fill the nose holes with crushed candy.
  • Return the cookies to the oven for another 4 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown.
  • Allow the cookies to cool before transferring them from the baking sheets to wire racks.
  • Use a dab of white icing to affix the candy eyes to the cookies.


Depending on the cookie cutters you purchase, the cutter may come in a set with a circle for Rudolph's nose included. The wider end of a piping tip will also do the trick!

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Loretta December 22, 2018

I love your eggs


Music to our ears, Loretta. We hope you get to do some baking with them this holiday season!

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First time making cookies and I doubled the recipe but my dough is really dry and crumbly. Is this normal?