Stained Glass Window Cookies or Biscuits are beautiful and festive Christmas cookies made with a simple sugar cookie dough and couple of hard candies. These festive cookies look just like stained glass.
Christmas is just around the corner and I am trying my best to keep up the festive mood and bake some festive cookies. If you have noticed I have been super busy since last few weeks. Things taking up my time is toilet training my little one and spending as much time as possible with him. As it just struk me he is growing up so fast and will be starting school next year.
Any who, I started my Christmas baking with these gorgeous stained glass biscuits. These biscuits are so pretty on its own. No need of decorating the cookies with icing, the stained glass effect does all the magic. Hardly any effort goes into making the gorgeous cookies or biscuits. Not only are they beautiful but oh so delicious.
What are the ingredients to make Stained Glass Window Cookies?
Very basic sugar cookies ingredients are used to make these stained glass window cookies.
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Sugar ( I used unrefined Golden Casted sugar)
- Vanilla extract
- Hard candies (Jolly Ranchers)
These stained glass window cookies are pretty simple to make. We start by making the sugar cookie dough. which is simply beating the sugar and butter together until soft and creamy and fluffy. Then mixing in the egg and vanilla until combined. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and combine it well with the wet mixture to form a soft dough.
Next divide the dough into 2 parts. then roll it out into a disc to 1/4 of inch thickness. Refrigerate for 30 to 1 hour. Then using a cutter cut out cookies with large cookie cutters then using a small cookie cutter cut out the centre. Place cookies on prepared baking sheets 2-cm apart. Fill the centre of the cookies with the crushed hard candies. Bake the cookies for 9-12 minutes or until candies have melted and the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
Here are few Christmas baked goodies that you can try.
Stained Glass Window Cookies or Biscuits
Stained Glass Window Cookies | Christmas Stained Glass Biscuits
- Large bowl
- Cookie cutters
- baking tin
- baking/parchment paper
- rolling pin
- Hand held electric whisk
- 300 grams All purpose flour / Maida
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 170 grams Unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
- 150 grams Golden caster Sugar / Sugar
- 1 large Egg
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 15-20 Hard candies (I used Jolly Ranchers)
- In a bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt with a whisk and keep it aside.
- In a stand mixer or large bowl add the butter and sugar and beat the butter and sugar together until it turns creamy and smooth and fluffy.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the egg and vanilla and continue beating until it is well combined.
- Then add the flour to the wet ingredients and continue beating on low until everything is well combined and comes together. If you feel it is too soft or sticky to roll add 1 tbsp of flour.
- Divide the dough into 2 parts.
- Now dust a parchment paper with some flour and place a dough ball on it. With a floured rolling pin roll out the dough to 1/4th inch thickness.
- Do the same with the other dough.
- Then chill in the refrigerator for 30 – 1 hour.
- While the cookie dough is chilling, we will crush the hard candies. Place the same coloured candies in a freezer bag and crush it roughly with a mallet or rolling pin. keep it aside.
- Preheat the oven to 180° C and line a baking tin with parchment paper.
- Take out the chilled cookie dough fro the refrigerator. Cut out cookies with large cookie cutters then using a small cookie cutter cut out the centre.
- Place cookies on prepared baking sheets 2-cm apart. Fill the centre of the cookies with the crushed hard candies.
- Bake the cookies for 9-12 minutes or until candies have melted and the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
- Cover and store cookies at room temperature for up to a week.
I hope you enjoy this Stained Glass window Christmas cookies as much as we do!
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