Sunday, 21 November 2010

Stained Glass Biscuits

My daughters and I made these, we had loads of fun even though the biscuits didn't turn out quite as we hoped.  I will try again later in the week to finely tune the recipe and hopefully the end result will be slightly less 'rustic'.

125g butter, softened

1/3 cup caster sugar

1/3 cup golden syrup

1 egg, at room temperature

2 1/2 cups plain flour

1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

clear boiled lollies, to decorate

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and golden syrup until pale and creamy. Add egg. Beat until well combined. Sift flour and bicarbonate of soda over butter mixture. Stir until a soft dough forms. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth. Divide in half. Press each piece into a 10cm diameter disc. Wrap in greaseproof paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 flat baking trays with baking paper.

Place sweets in snap-lock bags, keeping colours separate. Wrap bags in tea towels. Place on a chopping board. Gently crush lollies with a mallet or rolling pin.

Roll out each piece of dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until 4mm thick. Using Christmas themed biscuit cutters, cut shapes out of dough. Press leftover dough pieces together and repeat. Place biscuits on baking trays.

Cut little shapes out of centre of biscuits. Spoon crushed sweets into cut-out areas. Bake biscuits, 1 tray at a time, for 12 to 15 minutes or until sweets have melted and biscuits are light golden. Cool biscuits on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

1 comment:

  1. We love making these as decorations for our Christmas tree. I use a gingerbread recipe, which stays a bit more to it's original shape (and smells great on the tree) and we use a bigger size for the windows. I like your flowers with the different colours. Here's how we do it, if you'd like to see: