OK so I am in charge of making at least 2 gingerbread houses for Christmas with a friends daughters. We did it last year………… the results were such that Mum did not post pictures on facebook!! how rude.
Now I will admit they were a little toppily (my new word), but “home made”. In anticipation of trying a bit harder this year, I was going to see if I could do stain glass windows in the house, So through I had better practice, so here goes my stained glass biscuits.
It also gives me the excuse to drive to Bowness on Windermere and the best sweetie shop, old fashioned with jars and jars of flavours you had forgotten about. Rhubarb and Custard? proper Pear Drops. I could go on!!
175g butter (softened, or left out of fridge) or Stork 100g caster sugar, I am using brown which is less refined 225g plain flour 1tsp vanilla extract boiled sweets, different colours. You will also need a couple of baking trays covered with parchment paper to help stop the biscuits from sticking And some pastry cutters... I recently lost custody of mine (don't ask!!) anyway I found a jar full of different ones in a charity shop for £2! result
Set the oven at 160oC
Put butter, and sugar into a bowl, using a wooden spoon beat until it forms
a smooth pale mix, or place in a mixer and mix.
Add the vanilla extract
Sift in the flour and mix by hand until a nice firm dough
Add flour to the table surface, try not to use too much as it will combine with the biscuits and make them dry. Roll out the dough to about 1/2 cm thickness
Here is were you use your 2 cutters the larger one for the full size