Stained Glass Window Biscuits

Sweet treats that act as gorgeous hanging decorations too


15 Dec 2016
Yield
Makes approx 15 (depending on size of cutters)
Cooking time
15 mins
Preparation time
30 mins chilling time
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Ingredients

Make a hole at the top of each of these Christmas biscuits so they can be hung on the Christmas tree (or in windows) with ribbon.

  • 200g (6½oz) unsalted butter, chopped
  • 60ml (about 4tbsp) golden syrup
  • 200g (6½oz) light brown sugar
  • 400g (13oz) plain flour
  • 100g (3½oz) self-raising flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tbsp ground ginger
  • ½tsp mixed spice
  • Boiled sweets in various colours

Method

  1. Melt the butter, golden syrup and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat. Allow to cool. Sift both flours, the bicarbonate of soda, the spices and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Pour in the melted butter mix and stir well. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Wrap in cling film and chill for a least 30 mins.
  2. Heat the oven to 170°C (gas mark 3). Line two oven trays with baking paper. Roll out one quarter of the dough at a time (keeping the remainder in the fridge) on a floured surface to a thickness of about 4mm (¼in). Cut out shapes with a biscuit cutter and transfer carefully to one of the lined trays. Use a small cutter to cut out shapes in the centre of each biscuit. Re-roll any scraps of dough.
  3. Place a boiled sweet in the centre and use a drinking straw to make a hole at the top of each biscuit (so that you will be able to thread a ribbon through it later). Bake in the oven for 10-12 mins, or until golden brown. Check that the holes are still there - if not, push a straw through again. Leave to cool on the tray to harden, then gently lift the biscuits onto a wire rack.

Top Tips

You can decorate the biscuits using tubes of ready-made white icing (available in supermarkets).

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