and thought they looked so cool. I actually used a different recipe in the end which I got from one of my books and here's how they turned out. I think you can use any basic sugar cookie recipe. I found the bigger shapes with big cut outs worked best. I tried to do some alphabet ones but they didn't turn out well as the space was too small to fill with the sweets.
This is what it looks like on a tree. It's really pretty when it catches the light.
Stained glass cookies:
110g butter, softened
110g castger sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
450g plain flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
coloured hard boiled sweets
- Cream the butter, sugar, honey, egg and vanilla extract until smooth.
In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
- Add to the butter mixture and combine.
- Gather the dough into a ball and chill for 2 hours (or 1 hour if you are in a hurry)
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Line baking sheets with foil, shiny side up.
- Lightly flour a work surface and roll out the dough to approximately 1/2inch thickness.
- Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter.
- Cut a smaller shape within the cut cookie with a smaller cutter or a sharp knife.
- If using as ornaments, make a little hole at the top (I used a straw)
- Crush the sweets (I put them in a resealable bag and used a rolling pin)
- Spoon the sweets into the centre of the cookies.
- Bake for 6-8 minutes until the sweets have melted and the cookies are golden.
- Be careful that the sweets dont bubble over
- Allow to cool completely before removing