Stained Glass Biscuits

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!!

Ingredients

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

Method

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

Then the smaller one inside, and take out the middle
I take out the middle once I have already placed on the parchment as they are fragile before being cooked.
Put the sweets into plastic bags depending on their colour
Bash with a hammer, don’t try to use your rolling pin unless you don’t mind it having dints in it, the sweets are very hard.
I keep them in separate bags so I can decide what colours for each biscuit,, and taste.
Now be artistic, add mixed colours or individual colours to the wholes in the biscuits
Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the biscuits are golden and the sweets melted
Take out of oven and leave on tray for a few minutes to cool before transferring onto wire racks to cool completely
These are the few biscuits that I do actually let cool before I eat them all.
Enjoy !
SLx

 

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