Stained Glass Biscuits

It was baking week a couple of weeks ago at our sons pre-school, and at each session, one of the mums does some baking with the children.  At 2 of the sessions, I was providing the “baking”.  Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for one of the sessions in the end, but I did provide something for the children to do – Stained Glass Biscuits, which appeared to be a big hit!


  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 100g softened butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 230g plain flour
  • 30g cornflour
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 40 boiled sweets

Also needed:

  • Cookie cutter (must be larger than the round cutter below)
  • Drinking straws
  • Small round cutter, slightly bigger than the boiled sweets  (I used a large piping nozzle)
  • Silicon Paper

Heat the oven to 160 °C and line some baking trays with silicon paper.

Mix the sugar and butter in a large bowl.

Mix the egg into the sugar and butter.

Stir in the flour, cornflour and mixed spice, mixing thoroughly.

It will look a bit like breadcrumbs at this point.

Squeeze the mixture together with your hands to form a ball of dough.  Don’t worry if this takes a while, it will come together!

Dust your worktop and rolling pin with flour and roll out the dough until it is about 3-4mm thick.

Use the cookie cutter to cut out the shapes.  Use the small round cutter to cut a hole in the middle of each biscuit and remove the “hole”.

Make a hole near the top of each biscuit with a straw.
Lift them onto the baking trays with a spatula.
Squeeze all the scraps together and roll out again to make more biscuits.  Add a few drops of water if the dough becomes too dry.

Put a boiled sweet in the hole in each biscuit and bake for about 12 minutes, checking towards the end of baking to see if the melted sweet is close to spilling over the hole, and the biscuit is baked.
Leave on the tray until they are cold, and then peel off the paper.

Decorate with icing if you want to, and eat or hang using curling ribbon.

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