Valentines stained glass window biscuits

Woo your loved one with Rachel Allen's stunningly simple biscuits
By Rachel Allen
Valentines 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
  • 1½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • red boiled sweets


1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. 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. Use a heart-shaped cutter to cut out individual biscuits .

5. Put each heart onto the baking tray and cut out the centre of each one and replace the empty space with a boiled sweet.

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.

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