Stained glass window cookies

Silvana Franco shows you how to use crushed boiled sweets to make the pretty 'windows' in these clever cookies.

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Tags: biscuits, cookies, christmas, Christmas Decorations,

Recipe - Makes: 24 biscuits


150g butter, cubed
100g dark soft brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
300g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
1½ tsp baking powder
1 large egg, beaten
20 red and green boiled sweets, crushed separately


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4. Line 2 large baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Whiz the butter, sugar, spices and a pinch of salt together briefly to blend, add the flour and baking powder, and pulse until the dough resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the egg - the dough should just come together.
  3. Roll out on a floured surface to a thickness of about 5mm. Use pastry cutters to make 24 biscuits, then use smaller cutters to remove a 'window' in the middle of each one.
  4. Transfer the biscuits to the baking sheets and carefully fill each hole with a pile of either colour of crushed boiled sweets.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then release the biscuits from the paper and cool completely on wire racks.

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 527.184kJ
Fat 6.0g
Saturated Fat 3.0g
Sugars 8.5g
Salt 0.2g

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