I wanted to make something to brighten up our Korean Christmas tree this year as there is not much Christmas cheer in Korea and some of our decorations have been damaged as we moved from one apartment to the next. So I stumbled across a recipe which I adapted to make some festive stained glass cookie decorations. They turned out pretty well!
Stained Glass Window Tree Cookies.
350g plain flour
1tsp bicarb soda
175g brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 beaten egg
milk to bind together
Boiled sweets crushed.
Grease and line two baking trays.
Sift the flour, baking soda and ginger together.
Rub in the butter with your finger tips until the mixture has the consistency of breadcrumbs.
Add honey, sugar and egg. Form into a dough and add milk a little at a time until a soft palpable dough is formed. Rest it for 5 minutes.
Flour a surface and roll our your dough until it is around 1/2cm thick.
Use cutters to make shapes with a space for the window.
Make a hole in the top with a chopstick or straw.
Crush a boiled sweet (a garlic crusher works a treat). Place the sweet in the central window try not to sprinkle on the cookie.
Put all cookies in the oven 180 C for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
Cool on a baking rack.
Once soft, gently peel off the baking sheet. Tie string or ribbon through the hole and use to decorate you tree or windows.
They look really pretty, but more importantly, they taste good! They should keep a long while on your tree, but I was saving mine in a tin for Christmas week. I put it on top of the fridge and unfortunately, Tom pulled the door a bit too hard and the tin fell on the floor. I now have a box full of smashed Christmas cookies :(
Oh well, I will just have to make more!