“Stained Glass Window” Biscuits

How’s this for a fun recipe…  Try it with the kids…

Ingredients

For the biscuits:

350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp salt

2 tsp ground ginger

100g/3½oz butter

175g/6oz soft brown sugar

1 large egg, beaten

4 tbsp golden syrup

Packet wrapped fruit-flavoured hard boiled sweets in different colours

For the decorations (optional):

Tube ready-made white icing

Narrow ribbon

Method

1.  Preheat the oven to 180C (160C for fan assisted ovens)2.  Mix the flour, bicarb of soda, salt and ginger together in a bowl

3.  Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar

4.  In another bowl, beat together the egg and golden syrup, then pour this mixture into the flour mixture and mix to make a smooth dough, kneading lightly with your hands

5.  Crush the sweets in their wrappers using a rolling pin

6.  Roll the dough out on a floured work surface to about half a cm thick, then cut into shapes using a selection of Christmasy cookie cutters

7.  Transfer the biscuits to baking sheets lined with baking paper8.  Cut out shapes in the centre of each biscuit, making sure you leave a good edge all around the biscuit

9.  Completely fill the hole in each biscuit with some crushed boiled sweets

10. (OPTIONAL)  Make a hole at the top of each biscuit using a drinking straw so that you will be able to thread a ribbon through it later

11. Bake the biscuits in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until golden-brown

12. Remove the biscuits from the oven. While they’re still warm, check that the holes are still there – if not, push a straw through again. Do not remove the biscuits from the baking tray until they have cooled because the boiled sweets need to harden. Once the sweets have hardened, gently lift the biscuits onto a wire rack with a palette knife to finish cooling

13. If you like, you can decorate the biscuits with piped white icing. Thread ribbons through the holes in the biscuits to make loops for hanging from the tree

Yummy!  I don’t know whether I can wait until Christmas!

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