You will need:
Halloween cookie cutters such as pumpkin, ghost, cat and bat
Heavy-duty aluminum foil
Canola or safflower oil
Small hard candies in assorted colors, such as Jolly Ranchers
(the best) or LifeSavers
Satin baby ribbon 1/8 inch wide
Preheat an oven to 350°F.
Line the bottom and interior sides of the cookie cutters with aluminum foil and brush the foil lightly with the oil. Set on a baking sheet.
Arrange the hard candies in a single layer on the foil bottom of the cookie cutters. Bake until the candies melt, about 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven, let cool for 1 minute, then poke a hole in the top with a wooden skewer. Let cool, then pop out the stained-glass shapes from the cookie cutters and peel off the aluminum foil. Thread a length of ribbon through each hole. Hang in a sunny window.
Adapted from Halloween Treats by Donata Maggipinto © 1998. Used by permission of Chronicle Books.
Photography by Richard Jung.