What better edible gift to give at Christmas than stained glass cookies, a gorgeous, melt-in-the-mouth cookie with a hard candy window right in the middle. I packed these little beauties into Christmas boxes and handed them out to my nearest and dearest, and they seemed to go down pretty well. You could even add a hole into the top section, loop some ribbon through and hang them on your Christmas tree for some edible decorations that kids can nibble on as they pass the tree! But, who needs an occasion like Christmas to make some delicious cookies? Make them now, and they will go down just as sweetly.
Makes approximately 24 cookies, depending on the size of your cutter.
270g plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
A pinch of salt
150g unsalted butter, softened
175g granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
300g hard candy in various colours
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcious. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.
2. In a separate large bowl, using a mixer on a medium speed, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, for several minutes. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla extract and then, after changing the speed of the mixer to low, beat in the flour, baking powder and salt mixture, until just combined.
3. Collect the dough together into a ball, cover with cling film and refrigerate for 2 to 12 hours.
4. Separate the hard candies into their different colours, place into freezer bags and crush into small pieces, being careful not to crush them into dust.
5. Line as many cookie sheets as you need with foil. Lightly flour a board and roll out the dough until it’s about 1/8 inch thick and cut your cookies out with your chosen cutter. Use a smaller cookie cutter to create a hole in the middle of each cookie and reuse the trimmings to create as many cookies as you can.
6. Place the cookies onto the lined baking sheets and place some crushed candy into the cutouts.
7. Bake for approximately 12 minutes.