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Holiday Stained Glass Tree Cookies

Holiday Stained Glass Tree Cookies

Elizabeth Ellory with a creative – and tasty – way to spice up your Christmas tree this year.
By Elizabeth Ellory

I wanted to make something to brighten up our Korean Christmas tree this year as there is not much Christmas cheer in Korea and some of our decorations have been damaged as we moved from one apartment to the next.  I stumbled across a recipe which I adapted to make some festive stained glass cookie decorations. They turned out pretty well.
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Holiday stained glass tree cookies

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  • Author: Elizabeth Ellory
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 15 1x


A wow factor treat for your Christmas tree. These simple and hardy cookies will go the distance in taste and beauty.


  • 350g plain flour
  • 1tsp bicarb soda
  • 2tsp ginger
  • 100g butter
  • 175g brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 beaten egg
  • milk to bind together
  • Boiled sweets crushed


  1. Grease and line two baking trays.
  2. Sift the flour, baking soda and ginger together.
  3. Rub in the butter with your finger tips until the mixture has the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  4. Add honey, sugar and egg. Form into a dough and add milk a little at a time until a soft palpable dough is formed. Rest it for 5 minutes.
  5. Flour a surface and roll our your dough until it is around 1/2cm thick.
  6. Use cutters to make shapes with a space for the window.
  7. Make a hole in the top with a chopstick or straw.
  8. Crush a boiled sweet (a garlic crusher works a treat). Place the sweet in the central window try not to sprinkle on the cookie.
  9. Put all cookies in the oven 180 C for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
  10. Cool on a baking rack.
  11. Once the sweets are hardened, gently peel off the baking sheet. Tie string or ribbon through the hole and use to decorate you tree or windows
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
Christmas Tree biscuits made with crushed boiled sweets

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