Pretty, simple and delicious. And they make great decorations.
It’s a short post today because I had a PARTY on last night(yay! party!) so I’m just going to say that Christmas is about friends and family and celebration. It’s about food and presents and love and joy and hope. Peace and determination and perseverance, too. (even when you feel like a failure because you’ve already missed two posts in your month of posting).
Christmas is about being human. As human as human is. All the pains and sorrows and joys and delights of being human, the entirety of the journey that man takes in discovering God and Creation and fellow human. Christmas is about the gift of giving and the gift of recieving. Christmas is about love.
Stained Glass Biscuits
300 g butter, unsalted, cubed and at room temperature
150 g icing sugar
scraped contents of 1/2 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla extract
400 g plain flour
Approx. 1 cup boiled sweets
Sift the icing sugar onto a countertop or other work surface. Add the butter, salt and vanilla and knead together with one hand. Sift the flour on top and knead into a dough quickly.
Split the dough into two and wrap one half in cling wrap to refrigerate. Sift cocoa powder over the other half and knead into the dough. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate both discs for 1-2 hours or up to a week.
Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F and line two baking trays with baking paper. Set aside.
Roll out dough to 1/2 cm thick and cut out shapes 3-5 inches in diameter. Using a 3/4 inch small cookie cutter, cut out a smaller shape in the middle of the big ones. Using a straw, make a small hole in the top (what you determine to be the top 😉 to make the cookie into a decoration.
Transfer the large cookies to the prepared baking trays. Crush boiled sweets in a mortar and pestle and fill the middle of the cookies with the shards.
Bake 10-12 minutes in prepared oven. Let cool completely on the trays before stringing onto ribbon and hanging on your tree or walls.