In an attempt to get into the whole Christmas Spirit thing, I baked cookies today.

I tweeted a couple of pics and people seemed to like the look of them and asked for the recipe.

The inspiration came from a link I saw on Facebook a while back… here it is: http://www.spatula.co.za/stained-glass-christmas-biscuits/

I was super lazy and used a bought Cookie Mix (by Golden Cloud) – just add butter! ;)

Here is the recipe off the site, with some tips, added by me :D

Ingredients [if you are doing the proper thing and actually making cookies from scratch!, otherwise skip ahead to Step 2, like I did!]
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 [I used Sparkles, keep the colours separate, pop in a sandwich bag and beat them with a hammer/chicken tenderising thingy]

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. [line baking tray with foil - it is super easy to peel off the cookies and the "stained glass sweetie part" - also, it keeps baking trays clean and you don't have to scrub them clean ;) score!]

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. [ be quite generous with the crushed Sparkles, if it looks a bit thin when you take it out the oven, quickly sprinkle some more on and pop back in the oven for a minute. they melt pretty quickly!]

STEP 4: Leave to cool on a tray. [another bonus of the foil lined tray: just whip the foil out, pop it on a cooling rack and re-line the tray for another batch! - remember to keep the cookies flat while the cool down, otherwise the Sparkles will leak all over, and harden in funny shapes. Once cookies are cool, the foil easily peels right off!]

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.

Ok, so mine didnt look as fab as this, but they are still flipping cool!

I actually like them so much i’m thinking of making heart shaped one’s for our wedding… in the relevant colour/s (which BTW you can see on Our Wedding Blog … well there are 4 possible colour choices, i’m not telling which colour it is just yet!).

If you try these cookies, lemme know how they turn out for you!

:)

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2 Responses to “Stained Glass Christmas Cookies”

  1. Sharon says: |

    I think your idea of making for your wedding is fantastic! So original & pretty & a wonderful personal touch.

  2. Angel says: |

    These are so gawjiss!!!

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