17 December 2010

Christmas Tree Decorations

How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Mine has to have red candles, miniature toys and apples, and most importantly, something made by the children. In an ideal world - theirs, certainly - this has to be edible, too. Which is why we have just baked two trays worth of stained glass stars. Some of these will adorn our Christmas tree, others will double up as small presents, and a few have mysteriously disappeared already...

... and I don't want to hear they are wonky, they've been made by a 3 and 5 year old respectively!
I only thread the string through. The recipe comes from "The Usborne BIG book of Christmas things to make and do"; a fabulous book, by the way. Makes at least 40 biscuits.

100 g butter
100 g brown sugar
1 egg
230 g flour
30 g starch (e.g. potato flour)
2 tsp christmas spices
a bag of solid boiled sweets

Beat together butter and sugar. Add the egg, beaten. Add flour, starch and spices and mix until it forms a dough. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface and cut stars. With a small round cutter (I use the top of a water bottle), cut holes in the middle of the stars. Place on a lined baking sheet and put a sweet inside each star. If you want to be able to hang the stars, pierce a small hole through which to thread the string (a straw works well for this).

Bake for ca. 12 minutes at 180 C. Leave to cool before transferring from the trays.


Token (Bento-Lunch-Blog) said...

great idea! So easy and cool! *_*

Zeralda said...

And watching the sweets melt in the oven is exciting (not just for children)!