Stained glass cookies recipe

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These stained glass cookies will give your Christmas tree a bit of extra flair - they're the perfect little bites to nibble on

  • healthy
Preparation Time45 mins Allow 30 mins chilling time for dough
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time1 hours 5 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories125 Kcal6%
Fat5 g7%
Saturated Fat3 g15%

Tasty and aesthetically pleasing - these stained glass cookies are a must-make during the festive season.

Made with orange, ginger and boiled sweets, these stained glass cookies are an unusual yet delicious treat that are simple to make too. Our recipe gives you between 16-18 in just over an hour and will fill your home with wonderful wintery scents during the baking process. When ready you can decide to eat as they as are - or even better - hang them onto your tree, making a little hole in them and finishing with a pretty ribbon tie. Stylish and sweet in one.


  • 175g (6oz) plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 level tsp ground ginger
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 100g (3½oz) butter (straight from the fridge)
  • 60g (2oz) caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • About 10 fruit-flavoured boiled sweets

To decorate:

  • 125g (4oz) royal icing sugar
  • A few mini silver balls, optional

You will also need:

  • Cookie cutters
  • Baking tray, lined with Teflon
  • Piping bag and No. 2 small icing nozzle
  • Thin ribbon




  1. To make this cookie recipe, put the flour, salt, ground ginger, orange zest and butter, cut into slivers, into a food processor. Whizz to make crumbs. Add the sugar and milk and whizz to mix. Turn out and knead until smooth. Shape into a disc, wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 mins.
  2. Set the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Halve the dough and roll out one piece to a thickness about 3mm (1/8in). Stamp out a few shapes using the large cookie cutters. Use the small cutters to create your own design. Make a hole in the top for the ribbon to thread through. Re-roll the dough trimmings, add them to the other half of the dough and cut out more cookies.
  3. Put the shapes on the tray. Put the sweets in a strong polybag and bash them with a hammer, or old rolling pin, to crush them a bit. Put crushed sweets into the decorative holes in the cookies. Bake the cookies for 15-20 mins until golden. Cool for 5 mins. Put the baking tray on a cooling rack and loosen cookies on the Teflon. Leave to cool.
  4. To decorate: Add 1 tablespoon water to the icing sugar in a bowl and whisk for 4 mins using an electric whisk. Add another teaspoon of water to make it runny enough to pipe. Pipe icing on cooled biscuits, and add silver balls, if you like. Thread ribbon through the hole for hanging cookies on the tree.

Top tips for making stained glass cookies:

Look at the tray of cookies after 5 mins of baking to check that there is enough crushed sweet in the holes. If not, add more — it will melt in.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies