A year is almost biding adieu and another one is knocking at the doorstep. Time to cherish the fondest memories of the finishing year with heartfull of hopes for the coming one! Festivals always bring fun. Light and colours, food and fragrances, songs and celebrations and above all love and warmth. In each and every culture, festivals have some of very rich and special food recipes of their own. So does Christmas! One of the most loved and celebrated festival worldwide!
Christmas special recipes are mostly warm, sweet or/and colourful to outshine the chilled wintry whiteness of the season. Be it spiced rum-soaked pound or fruit cake or rich, buttery and colourful Christmas cookies. Stained glass cookies are one such festive recipe for Christmas. Very attractive and colourful! Its amazing shapes and colours appeal without fail to every child or even a child in all of us! If you have ever loved candies and cookies, you gonna love this for sure.
Recipe of these fancy and fantastic looking cookies are far simpler than you can imagine. Trust me! Have a look and you will end up making this cookies again and again.
Category – Dessert.
Preparation time – 40 minutes.
Baking time – 18/20 minutes on 160 degree C.
All purpose flour – 1 cup.
Icing sugar – 1/2 cup.
Butter – 1/3 cup.
Baking powder – 3/4 TSP.
Vanilla extract – 1 TSP.
Crushed hard candies – 1/3 cup approx.
– In a bowl, mix butter and icing sugar with the help of electric beater till the mixture gets light and fluffy.
– Though the traditional recipe suggests to add unsalted butter, I generally use salted butter for all my cookies as I hardly like sheer sweetness of sugar cookies. Salted butter provides it a nuttier taste. If you are using unsalted butter, add 1/4 TSP salt at this stage. Now Add one TSP vanilla extract and give it a good mix.
– Add half of the flour, mix properly and then add the rest half. We need a hard dough like consistency. If you find it difficult to bind a dough, just add one to two TSP milk.
– Make a disk like shape from you dough. Place it on a plastic wrap. Cover it nicely and place the dough in the fridge for at least half an hour.
– Meanwhile, take some hard candies of different flavours and colours. Transfer them into a zip bag and crush them with the help of thick rolling pin or pestle. Make sure, you have almost make a coarse powder out of it. Little grains would do though.
– Time to shape your cookies. Preheat your oven on 180 degree. Now take the dough out of the fridge. Start rolling it.
– I have used star shaped cookie cutters for my cookies. You can always use of your own choice. Just make sure, you are having one bigger and one smaller cutter for shaping your cookies. Not necessarily both should have the same shape. Yes! Like You can use round or star or square or flower or star shape for outer layer and all – round, square, triangle, heart, flower, star any shape for inner cut ! Just go with the shape you love!
– Cut out as many stars ( as i have used star shaped cutter) as you can from your rolled dough. Cover your baking sheet with a parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. Yes, this is compulsory. Otherwise your candies will stick to the sheet when get melted while baking. Place your stars on the same keeping some distance in between.
– Now take the smaller cookie cutter, place exactly at the center of your cookies and cut out the windows from it.
– After cutting out the windows from all the cookies laying on your baking sheet, start filling the windows with crushed candies. You can use the tooth pick to nudge the candies into the small crevices.
– Place the baking tray in the preheated oven and bake your cookies on 160 degree for 20 minutes approx until they get light brown and the candies get melted. Baking time may very as every oven acts differently at different temperatures. All it depends on size and also the brand of your oven.
– Take out your baking tray out of the oven and let your cookies cool down completely. The melted candies will take its own time to reset so let your elbows rest on the table only to give your cookies an ample time to cool down. You will need to make one more batch of cookies from the remaining dough if you’re using same measures.
– Store Stained glass cookies covered in a cool place. Serve as a fancy treat to your guests whenever you want.