Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Stained Glass Cookies- Fill the Cookie Jar

When the category “Back to School/Children’s favorite” was announced for the August edition of Fill the Cookie Jar, I asked my 6 year old what kind of cookie he wanted me to make. He responded “Ninja Turtle!”. Then he decided that sounded silly and changed to chocolate chip. I satisfied the chocolate chip request from him and his cousins with the TMNT M&M Cookies I posted on Monday.

I found a bag of Jolly Ranchers (not a sponsor of this post) in the cupboard when I was cleaning and a light bulb went off over my head: STAINED GLASS COOKIES!!!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stained Glass Cookies


Red, blue and purple, check. I just needed to find orange for Mikey. I dug deeper into the candy stash and found a roll of tropical Life Savers (not a sponsor of this post either), picked out all of the orange ones. I was all set.

I could have gone with a circle cookie cutter, or purchased one online, but I decided to make my own. I credit my mother with teaching me how to do it. My only addition was the duct tape.

First, I cut off both the top and bottom from a can of water chestnuts. (Nothing special about water chestnuts, I just happened to have the can in my cupboard. You can use any similar sized can).

short can with both ends cut off

Second, I covered one side with several layers of duct tape for protection. (Sorry, all I have is boring silver.)

wrap top of can with duct tape

Then I bent it into a turtle head shape.

homemade turtle head cookie cutter - thatrecipe

On baking day, we made the dough with green and a little blue gel food coloring, probably a 4:1 ratio. I dunno, just mix until it looks right to you.

mix green food coloring in the dough

Parenting lesson #658: put the food coloring away as soon as you are done with it! He thought it was frosting.

kid with blue food coloring in his mouth

While the dough chilled in the fridge, J brushed his teeth then helped separate and open the candies.

four colors of candies for stained glass cookies

I let him smash the candies with a hammer while I took pictures and breathed into a paper bag to keep from hyperventilating at the thought of him smashing things with a hammer.

smashing candy with a hammer - thatrecipe.com

Since no fingers got smashed and the claw didn’t end up putting out his eye, we continued. He helped roll out the dough, with me making sure it was even when he wasn’t looking. And since I had covered the top of the cutter, I let him carefully cut the cookies.

cut cookies with cookie cutter - thatrecipe.com

I transferred them to a foil covered cookie sheet (very important!) and cut out the masks with a sharp knife.

cut out ninja turtle masks

He added the candies to the cutout.

cookies ready for the oven

When the cookies were just cooked and the candies melted I removed them from the oven and placed the eyes while the candy was still wet.

Ninja turtle cookies with eyes

I carefully transferred the sheet of foil off of the cookie sheet and on to a wire rack to cool. To remove the cookies all I had to do was peel the foil from the cookie. Much easier than trying to get a spatula underneath, which will not happen once the candy is set. TRUST ME!

remove foil from cookies

Then I piped on the mouths with some red cookie frosting per J’s exact instructions. “Raph is angry, Leo is serious, Mikey gets the big smile and Donnie can have a small smile.” Not bad for a kid that was still learning facial expressions and emotions two years ago.

complete TMNT Stained Glass cookies - thatrecipe.com

And that is pretty much it. The recipe is the Stained Glass Window Cookies I made in December. Even with just 6 candies of each color we had enough for all of the cookies.

Stained Glass Window Cookies

Serves 40-50
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Occasion Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Valentines day
From book Betty Crocker's New Christmas Cookbook
Sugar Cookies with the middles replaced with melted hard candies make cute Stained Glass Window Cookies. Use hearts for Valentine's Day, egg shapes for Easter, stars for Christmas, etc.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cups shortening (or half shortening and half butter/margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 40-50 hard ring shaped candies (or any hard candy, break bigger, thicker candies if using)


Learn from my experience: be sure to line your cookie sheets for these. I lost a whole batch because I forgot and the candies could not be removed from the sheet once they rehardened.

The time to make these does not include the 1 hour or more of chilling time.


In a large bowl mix sugar and shortening in a large bowl until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs.
Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until combined and a soft dough is formed. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper. THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL! The candy will stick to your pans once it melts and re-hardens and will not come off without a lot of soaking.
Roll dough to 1/8" thickness and cut out outer shapes. Move to cookie sheets then cut out inner shapes with small cookie cutters or freehand with a knife. I use approximately 3" circles or hearts for the outer cookie and 1" cutters for the inside shape.
unbaked Stained Glass Cookies - thatrecipe.com
Put a ring shaped candy in the hole of each cookie. Bake for 7-8 minutes, watching carefully. As soon as the candy is melted and the cookies just start to turn tan remove from oven to avoid scorching. If the candy has not completely filled the hole immediately spread with a knife.
Slide foil or parchment paper off of cookie sheet and on to a cooling rack and allow cookies to cool completely. Remove cookies from foil/parchment, they might stick a little at first so you may need to peel the foil/parchment from the back to be sure to remove it all.

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Until next time, Cowabunga Dudes!


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  1. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    Those cookies look great! Love the stained glass effect.
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  2. Leslie

    Haha, these are so cool. The little one is adorable! Who would’ve thought to make ninja turtles with stain glass, I love it. I’m dropping by from Google Plus. I hope you & the family are having a great day.
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  3. Joanne/WineLady Cooks

    How cute are these cookies!!!! My grandson would love them also. You did a great job. Stopping by from #fillthecookiejar. Pinned/shared.
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  4. Cynthia

    I think you are the best Mother in the whole world! I don’t think I would have had the patience to make a mold and crush those candies. Thanks for being a part of the Fill The Cookie Jar group!
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  5. Michelle

    These are super cute! I may have to make them for my grandsons!
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  6. Bernadyn @ B is For...

    How fun! Thanks for all the tips, too. I’m sure my son will love to make these. What a good idea to use food cans as cookie cutters, I have some saved so I’ll try cutting them, too. Pinning!

  7. Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade

    Very cute and with the new movie coming out, I’m sure lots of moms will be making these.

  8. Kris ~ Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

    These are SOOOO Cool! You have to win the coolest mom of the week on this creation!

  9. Crystal @ Crystal's Tiny Treasures

    Those are the cutest things! And thank you for sharing your secrets on homemade cookie cutters and peeling off foil from the cookies, great tips!

  10. Chelsey

    These are cute! My husband would love the Ninja Turtle shapes. 😛 Thanks for sharing!

  11. Leilani

    Visiting from Mums take five and this is so so cool! My boys are turning the leaf from Ninjago to ninja turtles and this will be a big hit! Thanks for sharing. Pinning this!
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  12. One Messy Mamma

    Swinging by to say hi via Mums Take 5 and just wanted to say these are so cool!!!! Mr 8 has put in a request for some – he is looking over my shoulder 🙂

  13. Nic

    They looks great, and quite easy to make!
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  14. pam (Sidewalk Shoes)

    Those are so cute! I would have had to do something Barbie-ish with my girls!
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  15. heidi

    Oh, these are so much fun. Thanks for the great recipe.
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  16. Cathy

    What a creative idea! I love that you melted candy..so cool! Thanks so much for linking up to Wined Down Wednesday! 🙂

  17. Marlys (This and That)

    I love these cookies… They are so cute and I am sure they were a big hit.
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  18. Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do

    These are adorable! My kids would be so impressed with those. Love it! Now I have to go and order some eyes. 😉 Thanks for sharing with the Merry Monday Linky Party!
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  19. Morgan Adams

    My boys are Ninja Turtle nuts! I’ll have to try this with them!
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