Yes it’s our 9th Christmas recipe for 2015 and I thought you may appreciate a little baking activity to enjoy with your little ones over the weekend – Christmas stained-glass shortbread. They will love smashing the boiled sweets up to create the glass for these wonderful little biscuits, (and maybe popping one in their mouths for a “taste-test” or energy boost whilst they do the hard manual labour of crushing!)
Your children can choose their favourite Christmassy shapes and then for the little cut outs use what ever tiny cutters you have – I happened to have little stars and stocking shapes so used them.
You can go far bigger and bolder than we did by using larger cut out shapes in the centre of your cookie shapes, just make sure you get a good lot of sweetie-dust in the cutouts as it melts and then shrinks as it cools. I would love to see any of your creations.
We have made these and given them as little gifts the next day in sealed bags, but generally they get scoffed pretty quickly by the children of the neighbour hood who like the sugary windows in the biscuits! I have added a photo of them in the dark so you can kind of see their effect when light shines through them. If you have a crowd of children coming over they work wonderfully on hung on the tree as the kids love helping themselves.