Edible stained glass decorations

Posted on: 31st December, 2013

Category: A Flavour of West Cork

Contributor: Karen Austin

Here is a recipe that I have been playing with. It is a simple spiced biscuit recipe with a ‘stained glass’ window, which is very satisfying to make as it actually works. Admittedly it took me two attempts to reach perfection but I think I now have it sussed and I shall give you the second version so that hopefully you can do the same.


Basically it is a cookie dough which is rolled out, cookies cut and the centre cut out, and filled with bashed up boiled sweets which melt during cooking to make a coloured window. Very funky and easy to do and they make a great edible decorations.


 Stained Glass Christmas Biscuits




350g plain flour


1 tsp bread soda


1 tsp ground cinnamon


1 tsp ground ginger


100g butter


175g soft brown sugar


1 egg


4tbs golden syrup


A packet of boiled sweets – bashed – see note below




Put the flour, bread soda, sugar and spices into a bowl or food processor.


Cut the butter into small cubes and either buzz until like breadcrumbs or if you are using your hands rub the butter into the flour until it is like breadcrumbs.


Crack the egg into a small bowl and add the golden syrup. Beat the two together until well mixed then pour into the flour mixture.


If you are using a food processor, buzz in spurts until the dough comes together. If you are mixing by hand just stir everything well then tip out and give a quick knead to bring the dough together.


Wrap in clingwrap or parchment paper and put into the fridge to chill for one hour.


To bake the cookies pre heat the oven to 180c


Sprinkle a little flour over a clean surface and roll out half the dough to about 0.5cm and cut into shapes using cookie cutters – round ones will do the job if that is all you have. Transfer the cookies to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper then cut out the centres. Fill with bashed boiled sweets – pile them up a little as they melt down during cooking.


Make a hole at the top of each cookie with a cocktail stick and bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden. When you take them out of the oven check the holes don’t need further attention and leave to cool.


Don’t touch them or move them about until they have cooled, as the sweets need to harden and will be very hot.


Once cool, peel off the paper and thread a ribbon through the hole.


Three things to remember before you begin:
1. Make the hole that you cut out of the centre of the cookie big enough, if it is too small the biscuit tends to close in during the baking so the window isn’t very visible.
2. Wrap the boiled sweets in a little parcel before bashing them to stop them pinging all over the kitchen. I used baking parchment. Don’t make the parcels too tight, as there needs to be room for expansion.
3. If you want to use the cookies as Christmas decorations, you will need to make a hole at the top to thread some ribbon or string through. I used a cocktail stick but apparently straws are good too. When the cookies come out of the oven check the holes. I had to give mine another poke as it had closed up a little. This is easy to do when the cookies are hot as they are still a little soft but they firm up quickly and might crack if you leave this step until they are cold.


Keep in an airtight tin if they are for eating.


Lettercollum Kitchen Project, 22, Connolly Street, Clonakilty.
info@lettercollum.ie  www.lettercollum.ie


Latest News Articles:

Sam Maguire School Tour launched
Fundraising drive to get Kinsale students to World Robotics Championships to Kentucky
Answer the Call to save lives on March 23
Clonakilty students return from trip of a lifetime to rural Malawi
Clonakilty Fairtrade Fortnight celebrates 15 years
€44 million to improve Cork roads
Clonakilty Access Group AGM hears of many frustrations and challenges for people with disabilities in the town
Schull student scoops top invention award at BT Young Scientist
Schull Garda Station wins ‘Leading Light in Road Safety’ award from Road Safety Authority
Go quackers at the 2018 West Cork Bird Race

Join us on Facebook

Wave to Mary! 65-year-old Mary Nolan Hickey is running around the entire coast of the Island of Ireland to raise funds & awareness for the RNLI and is currently running the roads of West Cork.

Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

To see more about Mary’s adventures, and to pinpoint her location today, check out her Facebook page - rnlilapofthemap2018.

... See MoreSee Less

20th March, 2018  ·  


This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
... See MoreSee Less

8th March, 2018  ·  

Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
... See MoreSee Less

20th February, 2018  ·  

Did you know..... ... See MoreSee Less

Main course

17th February, 2018  ·  

Jump to: