Stained glass window gingerbread biscuits

    25 min

    A great treat at Christmas. This is really good as a Christmas tree decoration, but you can always add icing or cut into different shapes for a treat all year round.


    Cheshire, England, UK
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    Makes: 20 biscuits

    • 150g butter
    • 60g caster sugar
    • 60g soft dark brown sugar
    • 60g golden syrup
    • 360g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • colourful boiled sweets
    • thin ribbon (optional)

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
    2. Melt the butter with both types of sugar and the golden syrup. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl. Add the melted butter and sugar mixture and mix together.
    3. Knead the mixture for a few seconds until it comes together, adding a teaspoon or so of water if necessary, taking care to keep the dough soft but not sticky. Flatten the dough into a round about 2cm thick, wrap with cling film, and leave to chill for 30 minutes.
    4. Dust a work surface with flour and roll out the dough to about 5mm thickness. Stamp out shapes using a Christmas-shaped cutter or regular round ones.
    5. Put each shape onto the baking tray and cut out the centre of each one and replace the empty space with a boiled sweet. You can also make a small hole at the top of each biscuit to feed a ribbon through for hanging on the Christmas tree.
    6. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray. The boiled sweets will have melted, creating a stained glass effect. If hanging on a tree, thread ribbon through each biscuit and use it to hang on the tree.

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