The idea for these gorgeous Christmas cookies came one day while browsing through Martha Stewart’s website. When I saw them, I knew I had to bump off one of my other stories to showcase these cookies. Aren’t they adorable? Not only that – they are absolutely delicious. I know because I gave a little box to my sister to give my nephew to take to school. They looked so cute with the little melted candy in the middle mimicking the “stained glass” that I thought he would love them. In the middle of the day I received an email from her saying she gave one to Ben (my nephew) and the rest were taken by my brother in law (his father) to work! Talk about these cookies appealing to young and old alike!
Recipe (from Martha Stewart)
- 2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for the worksurface
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 125 grams butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 150 grams assorted hard candies, chopped
- Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl and set aside.
- In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and pale and then add the egg and mix until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and then slowly add the flour mixture, a little at a time. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
- Roll out the chilled dough to around 3 mm thick and cut out shapes using a Christmas tree shaped cookie cutter. Transfer the cut outs to a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Space them around 5 cm apart.
- Using the tip of a sharp paring knife, make a triangular cut out and fill with the assorted hard candies. Chill the dough for 15 minutes.
- In the meantime, pre-heat the oven 160 c (fan forced). Once the dough is chilled, bake for 11 to 15 minutes until the edge are slightly brown.
- Let cook completely on sheets on wire racks.
Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 5 days.
To package, I suggest you place the cookies in a plain white box and decorate the top of the box with another cookie. Otherwise, use a Christmas tree shaped disposable container.