Monday, December 5, 2011

5th Day of Christmas // Christmas Light Cookies

I’ve always loved the look of stained glass windows and what could be better than a cookie version you can eat?

I used a basic biscuit dough from the Edmonds Cookbook for these cookies. (with a couple of changes) You could use the gingerbread recipe from my earlier post here, or your own favourite rolled cookie recipe. Just follow the steps to get your pretty stained glass cookies!

Cookie Dough

2 C Plain Flour
1 t Baking Powder
125g Butter
½ C Sugar
1 t Cinnamon
1 t Vanilla Essence
1 Egg

Assorted boiled lollies for stained glass effect.

Light template – available as a PDF here.

Preheat oven to 150°C bake. 

1. Sift flour, cinnamon and baking powder into a bowl.
2. Rub in butter until it resembles bread crumbs.
3. Add sugar and vanilla, lightly beat egg and add.
4. Mix to form a stiff dough. (Add a couple of drops of water if your dough is a bit dry)

5. Roll out dough on a floured bench to about 5mm thick.
6. Cut out the outside shape of the cookies and place on a baking tray
7. Cut out the inside piece of the cookie.
8. Place chosen colour of lollies in a plastic bag and smash with a rolling pin until crushed.

9. Sprinkle lolly dust into cut out window areas. Make sure there are no gaps.
10. Use a drinking straw to make 2 holes at base of cookie (will thread ribbon through these later)
11. Bake in oven for approx 10-15 minutes, until they begin to colour. Keep an eye on the lolly windows – you don’t want them to bubble up or burn, just melt.
12. Leave for a few minutes on the tray, then gently remove (be careful of windows!) to a cooling rack.

When the cookies are fully cooled, thread some ribbon through the holes at the top of the cookie and they are ready to hang on your tree/over your door in a garland. Of course you could just eat them up straight away – they look so pretty!

These aren’t just a Christmas treat too; you could use heart or star cutters and make them for a kid’s party in a bunch of pretty colours, or pull out a batch at Easter or another fun holiday.

Like all of my '12 Days of Christmas' DIY tutorials, there is a PDF version of this blog post here. Simpy click on the link, print out the tutorial and get to work. Easy as that. Feedback appreciated!

Make sure to check out the rest of my 12Days of Christmas posts for more awesome decorating ideas, recipes, and gift ideas!


  1. Beautiful - you are just bursting with amazing ideas!!

    I have been trying to find an occasion which requires a gingerbread house since I saw your blog post about making one...