The “windows” of the stained glass cookies were once made from heirloom candies and speckled with seeds and spices, and the parts of the cookies that weren’t cut out were decorated with tiny bits of herbs. France has a long history of artisanal candy making—centuries ago, candies were made in monasteries and some still are—and old-fashioned candies continue to be cherished. Back in New York, it became clear that heirloom wasn’t going to be practical, and so that’s when I started using Life Savers. I know they’re not the same as violet candies from Flavigny, but . . .
I opt for simple—I cut the dough into small rounds and then cut out a smaller round to fill with crushed candy—but you can go wild with these, cutting out many windows in whatever shapes you like. Let your inner cathedral builder loose. This dough is also delicious baked into plain cookies.
Excerpted from Baking Chez Moi, © 2014 by Dorie Greenspan.
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