Christmas stained glass window biscuits

Rachel Allen makes these adorable gingerbread biscuits that will dazzle kids and adults alike. Hang them on the tree, then serve with milk (or coffee).
By Rachel Allen
Christmas stained glass window biscuits
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  • Serves: Makes 20 biscuits
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 150 g butter
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 60 g soft dark brown sugar
  • 60 g golden syrup
  • 360 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1.5 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • colourful boiled sweets
  • thin ribbon


1. Heat oven to gas mark 4/180C/350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

2. Melt the butter with both types of sugar and the golden syrup. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl. Add the melted butter and sugar mixture and mix together.

3. Knead the mixture for a few seconds until it comes together, adding a teaspoon or so of water if necessary, taking care to keep the dough soft but not sticky. Flatten the dough into a round about 2cm thick, wrap with cling film, and leave to chill for 30 minutes.

4. Dust a work surface with flour and roll out the dough to about 0.5cm thickness. Stamp out shapes using a Christmassy shaped cutter or regular round ones.

5. Put each shape onto the baking tray and cut out the centre of each one and replace the empty space with a boiled sweet. Make a small hole at the top of each biscuit (to feed a ribbon through for hanging on the Christmas tree).

6. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray. The boiled sweets will have melted, creating a stained glass effect. Thread ribbon through each biscuit and use to hang on the tree.

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