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    Stained glass window cookies

    Boiled sweets form the coloured 'window panes' in these biscuits. Use a straw to make holes before baking if you want to hang them.

    • Christmas
    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 10 minutes to 12 minutes
    • Total time: 25 minutes to 27 minutes 30 minutes

    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.

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