Stained Glass Christmas Biscuits

The name of these biscuits has a magical ring to it, the kind that would produce a gleeful smile if whispered to a child or presented on a platter to hungry friends with tea. And they’re beautiful to behold.

Combining baked deliciousness with melted boiled sweets is a rather genius idea and in the same way one wonders who on earth first thought to eat artichokes, it would be fantastic to know who thought of this Willy Wonka type creation.

Sparkles are a great option for this recipe and can be crushed by wrapping a bunch in grease proof paper and hitting them with a hammer. Also in a blender. But the hammer is fun.

We spotted this recipe on Jozikids – an online resource for Gauteng parents – where they suggest making the biscuits into hanging tree decorations. Jozikids has information on extra-mural activities, child-friendly restaurants, child care, party services, furniture, great ideas for day outings et al and you can find out more here.

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250g butter, softened
2 tsp lemon rind
½ tsp almond essence
165g castor sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp water
335g cake flour
100g clear boiled sweets or lollies, crushed

Making the biscuits (pre-heat an oven to 170 degrees)

STEP 1: Beat butter, rind, essence, sugar, egg and water until smooth. Sift in the flour and knead until smooth. Wrap in glad wrap and chill for 30minutes.

STEP 2: On a floured surface roll dough to 4mm thick. Using cookie cutters of your choice cut out shapes and place on baking trays lined with paper.

STEP 3: Using a tiny cookie cutter or the handle of a wooden spoon make holes in the centre of each cookie. Bake the cookies for 5 minutes, then remove from oven and fill centre with the crushed sweets, return to oven for further 5 minutes.

STEP 4: Leave to cool on a tray.

To make your cookies into tree decorations, simply make another small hole near the edge of the cookie before baking and when cool thread ribbon for tying onto the tree.

If any further inspiration is required, check out our range of themed and geometric cookie cutters and if you are thinking of making iced biscuits – here’s a great recipe for royal icing (which hardens and can be used for piping detail).