(Because I still need to finish a review.. LOL)
Mari over at Bookworm With A View is hosting a Virtual Cookie Exchange. My offering is ideal for this time of year – I hope you enjoy them!
Stained Glass Biscuits
- 125 g butter
- 2/3 cup icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white lightly beaten
- 10 fruit flavoured drops ( like lifesavers or other hard sweets)
- Preheat oven to 180 °C or 160 °C fan. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Using electric beaters, beat butter and icing sugar until light and creamy. Beat in vanilla and egg.
- Mix in flour with a knife until evenly combined. Gather dough into a ball. Turn out onto a sheet of non-stick baking paper. Press out dough, then roll to 5mm thickness.
- Use a large biscuit cutter to cut christmas shapes from dough (cut the shapes close together to get as many as you can first time around). Pile scraps together (don’t knead them) and gently roll out again. Cut more shapes. Repeat to use as much dough as possible. To hang biscuits as decoration, use a straw to make a hole in the top of each biscuit before the first baking. Once cool, thread ribbon through the hole and hang.
- Place onto the prepared trays. Use a smaller cutter to cut out the centre of the biscuits and set aside. Brush with eggwhite, then sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 5 mins.
- Place lollies into a snap-lock bag (use one colour at a time), wrap the bag in a tea towel and place on a hard surface. Gently hit with a hammer to crush lollies.
- Remove trays from oven. Place 1 level tsp crushed lollies in biscuit centres. Be careful not to overfill – you might want to try a few first to get the amount right. Bake for another 5 mins. Cool on trays for 15 mins then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.