Something about these cookies just screams christmas. The gingery taste, the glitzy stained glass filling, what more could you need to adorn your Christmas tree?! Not only do they look spectacular while your fairy lights twinkle behind the 'glass', but they taste great too. Just make sure you make some extras so your tree isn't purged before the big day.
If you'd like to hang these yummy trinkets from your tree, just pop a little hole in the top of the cookie using a straw. Once baked, thread some string through the gap and you're ready to hang.
When filling the festive holes in your cookies, remember the more is more. The first time I made these I was a little scarce with my sweet filling which left a thin, brittle and dull glass window. Make sure the little gaps are completely filled with hunks of boiled sweet and you should be fine. I really love how the childhood sweets melt into these little windows, it's like Christmas alchemy.
Gingerbread Stained Glass Cookies
350g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
3tsp ground ginger
200g light brown sugar
1 large, free range egg
4tbsp black treacle
Multi coloured boiled sweets, crushed keeping colours separate
Preheat the oven to 170C and line two cookie sheets with baking paper.
Mix the flour, baking powder and ginger together in a bowl and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer whisk together the butter and sugar until light and creamy, add the egg and golden syrup before adding the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
Turn the dough out onto your kitchen counter and flatten into a round patty. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for an hour.
Once the dough is chilled roll it out to 1/4" thick and stamp out your cookies using festive cutters. Fill each hole with your crushed sweets and bake for 12 minutes until the biscuits are just beginning to brown.
Allow your biscuits to cool completely. If you've made a hole in the top to hang from your tree make sure it's still open by pushing a straw through while the cookie is still warm. Once cool, gentelly remove from the tray and enjoy.