These little treats are so festive and fun, they’re as much a joy to make as they are to eat! And they’re so pretty you could even hang them on your tree to sparkle in the fairy lights and give a bit of edible festive fun. Kids love bashing up the boiled sweets, but don’t let them have all the fun, make sure your festive stress is gone by having a go as well!
Stained Glass Window Biscuits
Makes 10 (depending on size!)
150g baking spread or butter
100g icing sugar
250g plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground ginger
zest of one orange
1 egg yolk
- Blitz the flour, ginger and icing sugar in a food processor until it’s just combined.
- Add the butter and blitz until it looks like breadcrumbs.
- Ad the egg yolk, orange zest and a teaspoon of water and mix until it looks like dough.
- Take the dough out and flatten into a disc about 2cm thick. Wrap in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for half an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4 and line two baking trays with baking paper or non stick liner.
- Roll out the dough to half a centimetre thick and cut out your shapes. You’ll need a spatula to help lift them onto your baking sheets.
- Bash up your sweets! Wrap them in a tea towel and give ’em a whack on a hard surface!
- Cut out a hole in each cookie with a smaller cutter or bottle top (piping nozzles work really well too!
- Add the sweets! You can choose to use a whole boiled sweet if you want a single colour, or use a few colours to create a rainbow!
- If you plan to hang them on the tree, don’t forget to make a small hole in the top of each one to tie a ribbon through.
- Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until the edges are just turning golden.
- Leave to cool on the baking tray so the sweets set before removing to a cooling rack.
Decorate your tree, give as gifts or serve as a Christmas tea time treat! Merry Christmas!
Adapted from Tesco