Stained glass Christmas biscuits recipe

  • Serves 24 (makes about 24 biscuits)
  • 30 mins to prepare and 10-12 minutes to cook, plus cooling
  • 129 calories / serving
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These cute Christmas biscuits will look so pretty hanging from your tree and you're sure to enjoy tucking into them too! Flavouring with orange and ginger and using boiled sweets to add creative colour makes these biscuits the perfect Christmas edible gift.

  1. Heat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C and line two baking sheets with nonstick baking paper. In a food processor, pulse the flour, ginger and icing sugar once or twice to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add the zest, yolk and 1 tsp water and pulse again until a soft dough forms.
  2. Remove the dough and gently press into a flat disc on a lightly floured surface. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for about 20 mins or until firm enough to roll out.
  3. Cut the dough in half to make it easier to roll out. Roll thinly to about 5mm on a lightly floured surface. Use 7cm (2 3/4in) Christmas cutters (stars, hearts, snowmen, Christmas trees etc) to cut out 12 biscuits. Use a flat spatula to carefully lift each one onto a lightly oiled baking sheet. Allow about 2cm (3/4in) of space around each one. Gently combine the cuttings, then re-roll and cut out more biscuits. Poke a small hole at the top of each biscuit, to thread ribbon to hang them.
  4. Cut a 3cm (1in) hole in the middle of each biscuit using a miniature Christmas cutter such. Lightly crush the sweets in their wrappers with a rolling pin, then put the pieces in the middles of the biscuits. The sweets should be level with the top of the dough, not above. Use one colour or a mix for a multicoloured effect.
  5. Repeat the process with the other half of the dough to make 12 more biscuits. Pop both trays into the freezer for 10 mins until the dough is very firm. This will ensure the biscuits keep their shape in the oven.
  6. Bake for 10-15 mins or until lightly gold around the edges with melted middles. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Pierce the holes again while they are still warm and soft, and thread with ribbon to hang on the Christmas tree.

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  • Ingredients

  • 250g (8oz) plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 150g (5oz) cold butter, diced
  • 1 orange, finely zested
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 150g (5oz) clear, coloured boiled sweets
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  • Energy 543kj 129kcal 6%
  • Fat 5.8g 8%
  • Saturates 3.3g 17%
  • Sugars 10.5g 12%
  • Salt trace 0%

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Carbohydrate 19.1g Protein 1.3g Fibre 0.6g

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