I love giving everyone from my neighbours to any doctor I see in December a little gift, just because I love giving gifts. Seriously, I think I might prefer giving gifts to receiving them. Being a student though, I can’t really afford to give everyone and their mum a fancy present, so I usually like to give everyone something homemade. Some people get homemade christmas liqueur (keep your eyes peeled for that recipe), others get crafted things or food. I feel like everyone is giving away generic christmas biscuits though (don’t get me wrong, I love those), so I wanted to do something a little different. These cookies look super cute and are really quick and easy. If you make a little hole into these, you could even use them as ornaments…
Cut the dough into any shapes you like and make a hole in the middle with another shape. I only have a tiny star, so all of my shapes have star-shaped holes, but you can mix shapes to your hearts content. Then bake the cookies for about five minutes so they keep their shapes.
I bought a small bag of old-fashioned candy and had a lot of trouble not just eating the whole thing. It was a real throwback and I felt so nostalgic that I actually called my mum midway through making these… There’s nothing like the christmas spirit to make you appreciate your family!
The candy melts beautifully in basically no time at all. Be careful not to leave them in the oven too long though because the candy will boil. And eventhough it’s quite satisfying to watch, it leaves a stain on the actual cookie.
I kept the little stars I cut out of the dough, because I thoght they’d look quite cute thrown in with the rest of the biscuits. To be completely honest though, I ate quite a lot of them while waiting for them to cool and taking the pictures, so not many actually made it into the gift bags. Oh well, they were delicious though!
Stained Glass Christmas Biscuits
For the dough:
50g butter (softened)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
a splash of milk, if necessary
old-fashioned colourful candy
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Combine all of the ingredients into a smooth dough. If the mixture is too dry, add a splash of milk. If the dough is too moist or sticky, add some more flour. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out your preferred shapes. Then cut out the middle with a different, smaller cookie cutter. If you to use these as ornaments or use them as a gift tag, make a little hole into the top with the back of a pencil or a skewer.
Place the biscuits on a baking tray and bake for about 5 minutes.
While the biscuits are in the oven, smash the candy into little chunks and sort by colour if you wish.
Get the biscuits out of the oven and place the candy in the little holes in the middle. Transfer the tray back to the oven and bake for about 4-5 mor minutes. Regularly check if the candy has melted yet, you don’t want it to boil.
Take the tray out of the oven and let the biscuits cool completely, then they are hard enough to pick up.
Give them to people in a little see-through baggies or as a gift tag with some string through the hole you poked in. Or just eat them yourself, which is what I did with most of these. Enjoy!
Let me know what you give to people you aren’t too close to this christmas, I’m always looking for new ideas.