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Advent Season is a very special time during which we are decorating our homes and baking delicious Christmas cookies. I would like to share the recipe for stained glass cookies with you. You can use them for decorating your tree, windows or even your Advent wreath. Make them smaller and serve with a cup of good tea. You can also put some of them in a Christmas stocking.
You've probably already heard about them – stained glass cookies are ordinary cookies. You can make them according to any ordinary recipe for shortbread cookies. However, the cut in the middle and the candy powder filling make all the difference. Is it still unclear? Don’t worry, here’s how to make them!
What do you need to bake stained glass cookies?
Shortbread dough – recipe here
Colourful hard candies (without filling)
Method: Stained Glass Cookies
Prepare the dough for your shortbread cookies according to the recipe of your choice. Let the dough rest.
Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1 cm. Using cookie cutters, cut out your cookies. Cut out the middle of each cookie with smaller cookie cutters and remove.
Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Transfer the cut cookies onto the baking sheet. Use a toothpick to poke a small hole into the top of the cookie for a ribbon to hang from.
Bake according to the chosen recipe. In the meantime, unwrap and separate the candies into each colour. (I placed them in separate small freezer bags. Otherwise, it would have gotten messy!). Crush into powder using a meat mallet, set aside.
Take the cookies out of oven ca. 2 minutes before they are fully baked. Fill each cookie 2/3 full with the crushed candy. Then put the filled cookies in the oven for 2 minutes. Check on them while they bake, the candy filling should not caramelise.
Take the cookies out of oven. When cookies have cooled, thread a length of ribbon and hang them on something. You can hang them on your Christmas tree or simply arrange them on a nice plate and snack on them.