Probably the prettiest biscuits I have ever seen or made! I loved making these, as did the children! It was one of their Advent activities – inspired by an Annie Rigg article I read.
Great as a gift, a treat, a fun activity….also very easy! The most difficult part was bashing the sugar boiled sweets! Thought the children could do it but they actually found it too hard.
Probably worth while to mention that the sugar boiled sweets return hard once they cool – I somehow managed to make myself believe they would be soft and gooey….NO! Rock hard. If you prefer a soft, jammy centre, make the biscuits as per recipe but instead of sugar boiled sweets layer two biscuits on top of one another – one with shapes cut out – and fill the cut out bit with jam! Will not be stain glass effect…but very tasty! 🙂
Glass Stained Christmas Biscuits (basic dough recipe the same as Cookie Christmas Tree)450g plain flour 225g butter – softened 225g caster sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla essence Sugar boiled sweets – different colours
- Put flour and butter in a bowl and chop into it until the mixture resembles big breadcrumbs
- Add caster sugar and continue combining
- Add vanilla essence and crack the egg into the bowl and keep bringing the dough together – I usually crack it into a cup first…just in case it is a bad one!
- Keep bringing together until you have a smooth dough ball. Wrap this in cling film and place it in the fridge for about an hour
- Put the boiled sweets in freezer bags and bash with something hard!!! Keep colours separate as this gives a prettier end result
They sort of resemble little semi-precious stones…I think so anyway!
Once the dough has chilled pre-heat oven to 200C
Line baking trays with baking paper
Roll the dough out quite thinly – it rises a tiny bit in the oven but not much – and cut your shapes! Snowflakes are really pretty as are hearts and stars. If you have a Christmas Tree shape this would be sweet with little holes for glass stained effect baubles…
- Lay them on the baking parchment trays and fill the holes you have cut in them with the crushed sweets – the children enjoyed this almost more than eating the dough every time I turned my back to them!!!
- Once the biscuits are filled put them in the pre-heated oven for 10ish minutes – maybe slightly less depending on your oven. It is fun to watch the sweets melt…
- Once cooked let them cool completely on the tray before moving! Tthey will come off ever so easily when cold and can be hung, stored or given away as gifts at Christmas Parties!