Kids will love making these fancy-looking stained glass window cookies. The buttery biscuits are perfect for hanging on the tree, if you can resist tucking into them!
YOU WILL NEED:
220g butter, softened
100g Whitworths for Baking Light Soft Brown Sugar
350g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp ground ginger or cinnamon
50g Whitworths for Baking Crunchy Demerara Sugar
A selection of fruit-flavoured boiled sweets in different colours
50g Whitworths for Baking Super Fine Icing Sugar
1 – 2 tbsp of lemon juice
Coloured ribbon (narrow)
Makes: 10-15 biscuits
Prep time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
HOW TO MAKE THEM:
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/ gas 4. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
2. Separate the boiled sweets into colours, place in separate plastic food bags and use a rolling pin to crush into pieces approximately 1cm and set aside.
3. Beat the butter and Whitworths for Baking Light Soft Brown Sugar in a bowl, until pale and creamy. Sift the flour and spice into the mixture; add enough milk to make a workable dough. Use your hands to make a smooth dough. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
4. Sprinkle a little flour over the work surface, divide the dough into 2 pieces and roll it out so it is ½ cm thick. Using biscuit cutters, cut out Christmas shapes. Using smaller pastry cutters, cut out the middle of each biscuit and sprinkle the biscuits with a little Whitworths for Baking Crunchy Demerara Sugar.
5. Carefully transfer the cookies to the baking trays with a fish slice. Place one or two pieces of sweet into the middle of each biscuit whole.
6. Bake for 10 minutes or until the biscuits are just golden. Cool on the trays for a minute before making a small hole near the top of each biscuit with a skewer, so you can thread ribbon through the holes when they are cool.
7. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The biscuits can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
8. Mix the Whitworths for Baking Icing Sugar with a little lemon juice or water to make a thick pipeable icing. Make a cone out of greaseproof paper, cut a small hole in the tip and decorate the biscuits with the icing.
9. When the icing is dry the biscuits are ready to hand on the tree!