My brother and I were lucky enough to be bought up baking. We have always been encouraged to get involved with cooking (despite the mess- thanks Mum and Dad for clearing up over the years!). As a result baking has not only become my passion but also my way to relax. I want to pass this enjoyment on to my littlest brother (3). I think baking is not only fun but also teaches children a lot of skills which help with cooking in general.
Christmas is a time for family (and food) so this is a great way to have some bonding time with children, while producing something they can be proud of. We made these biscuits when we were young and I just couldn’t wait to try them out again with little bro no.2. There is just something magical about seeing the crushed sweets turn into ‘windows!’
This is a really simple recipe which produces great results. It doesn’t take too long, has only 4 ingredients, what more could you want?
175g butter (softened)
100g caster sugar
225g plain flour
About 20 boiled sweets
1. Preheat the oven to 140C (fan).
2. Beat the butter and sugar until smooth.
3. Add the flour and mix until the dough comes together, it may seem dry at first but keep going!
4. Roll out until it’s about 1cm thick.
5.Cut out large shapes, then use a smaller cutter to remove dough for a ‘window’. Place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.
6. The fun bit: Separate the boiled sweets into colours and crush into very small pieces. You can do this in a strong sandwich bag with a rolling pin, or like we did in a pestle and mortar.
7. Sprinkle into the windows, being careful not to over fill or spill any onto the biscuit itself.
8. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown
9. Allow to cool and transfer to an airtight container.
Tip: You can also cut an extra (small) hole in the shape which later string can be threaded through. The biscuits can then be used as decorations!
We had great fun making these and everyone was thoroughly impressed with the results. I hope you do too!
Until next time,