Stained Glass Cookies are incredibly pretty looking and many who make them, hang them on their Christmas trees. It’s a nice thought to have edible Christmas decorations, a sort of really fun tradition I’d say. We don’t celebrate Christmas or decorate a tree, but I have planning to make these cookies for years now ever since I saw a recipe for them in a Cookie book I have.
I finally decided to make them this year, but I couldn’t find that Cookie book nor could I find any decent boiled sweets at the 3 stores I looked in! So I settled for a sugar cookie recipe I had written down in one of my old note books.
“What are those? They’re so pretty.” my daughter said, when she saw me looking through various recipes.
“Stained Glass Cookies”, I told her.
“They’re tree decorations, aren’t they? Are you sure they’re edible?” she asked eyeing me doubtfully.
“Of course, you can eat them. I wouldn’t be making them otherwise!” I said.
“How do you get those colourful centres?” she wanted to know. I explained one had to fill the cut out centres with crushed hard boiled sweets/ candy which would melt when baked.
“Great! I’ll help you fill the centres, but are you sure those Poppins will look nice in these cookies?” she echoed my thoughts.
“Maybe we can start with making our own boiled sweets/ candy……” she exclaimed her eyes lighting up at the thought.
I put paid to those dreams as there was no way I was turning what was supposed to be an easy hour of making cookies into a full-fledged half day experiment in the kitchen.
So I ended up using some Poppins (a local brand of fruit flavoured boiled sweets/ candy) which weren’t exactly great when it came to colour or taste! I wonder what ever happened to those delicious boiled sweets in orange, lemon, cherry and grapefruit flavours that we used to get in stores when we were children.
But one has to make do with one gets and so that’s what I did, and I wasn’t really happy about the colours of the “Stained Glass” part of my Cookies!
You can make them just as cookies and you can use any shape cookie cutter you have on hand, not necessarily Christmas themed ones. If you want to make them Christmassy and hang them on your tree, then make small holes to thread ribbon or cord by making a hole on the top of each cookie. You can do this using a cocktail skewer, or a straw or the tip of a plain icing nozzle before baking them.