Stained glass window biscuits

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
boiled sweets


  1. Blitz the flour, ginger and icing sugar in a food processor until it’s just combined.
  2. Add the butter and blitz until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  3. Ad the egg yolk, orange zest and a teaspoon of water and mix until it looks like dough.
  4. Take the dough out and flatten into a disc about 2cm thick. Wrap in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for half an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4 and line two baking trays with baking paper or non stick liner.
  6. 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.
  7. Bash up your sweets! Wrap them in a tea towel and give ’em a whack on a hard surface!
  8. Cut out a hole in each cookie with a smaller cutter or bottle top (piping nozzles work really well too!
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until the edges are just turning golden.
  12. 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