Thursday, 13 December 2012

Stained Glass Decoration Cookies


The Christmas season is well and truly upon us and everyone is dashing around the shops for their last minute presents, makes me glad I'm finally finished! Phew!! I have been a busy (student) baker and I have quite a few bits planned, so watch this space. But as I was decorating the tree, which is finally up and decorated, a little inspiration hit me.

At school, I used to do Food Technology (in the U.S the class is called Home Economics) and my teacher showed me a basic biscuit recipe that was not just yummy and not only a great decoration for the tree BUT super duper easy to do. This is a simple recipe and is easy for kids to do with a little adult supervision.  

Jewel centred cookies look amazing but are effortless.

Recipe: Makes about 12 depending on the cookie cutter size
  • 175g plain flour, sifted 
  • 75g butter
  •  3 tablespoons caster sugar 
  •  1 egg white 
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice 
  • 225g hard sweets/candy in various colours

Equipment:
  • 2 x baking sheets 
  • Baking paper/greaseproof paper 
  • Sieve 
  • Bowl
  • Various Christmas cutters 
  • Skewer
  • Thread or ribbon

 1.    Preheat the oven to 180c/350f/ Gas Mark. Line baking sheets with baking paper.
2.   Sieve flour into a bowl and blend in butter with your fingers so it looks a little like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, egg white and orange juice to mix into a soft dough. Knead lightly.

3.    Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes. Cut out the centre of the cookies using a similar shaped cutter or a plain round cutter.

These cookies really catch the light and can be coloured themed to suit your Christmas decorations.
Bake on and Merry Christmas!!
Penny
Bake On! Penny x
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