These beautiful gluten free Christmas cookies are one of my favourite things to make at Christmas. They use boiled sweets in the middle to make a stained glass cookie effect.
Just perfect for giving as homemade gifts or to hang on the Christmas tree.
The story behind the recipe
OK so some kind of unfunny joke is being played out in this household.
As you will know if you have read my other posts this week, ‘Sunshine’ has been off school poorly, having only been off with the same thing about 2 weeks previously.
Today ‘Roo’ is off school with the same thing, again having been off about the same time 2 weeks ago.
And luckily ‘Sunshine’ has gone back to school having recovered from his high temperature although still thick with cold.
There was no way that I was going to have both of them off…
When ‘Sunshine’ is ill it sends him rather loopy being stuck indoors inactive and he gets even more annoying than usual.
With ‘Roos’ lack of patience when she is ill it would have been a recipe for disaster so there was nothing for it but to send him in!
Anyway, it means yet another day of sitting on the sofa keeping a poorly child company whilst DVD’s play out on the TV! Today another classic, The Incredibles!
‘Roo’: “Mummy, Mr Incredible hasn’t really got a super power has he?”
Me: “Well, he is very strong…that is his power.”
‘Roo’: “So that means that Daddy has a super power because he is really strong.”
I love the way kids think!
Tomorrow is the school Christmas Fayre and I am running a Christmas Bake Off competition for the kids.
That of course means that despite being ill, the kids are keen to bake so that they can enter!
I thought I would share ‘Sunshines’ entry. These Christmas biscuits would make the perfect Christmas activity this weekend.
‘Sunshine’ did all the work with a little help from me at the points that involved heat and machines.
They are super tasty and will look beautiful on the Christmas tree.
How do you make gluten free Christmas cookies?
It’s really much easier than it might appear.
These cookies are the perfect base for any biscuit you want to make.
There are no rules! Get your kids’ sleeves rolled up and have some fun.
Of course if you don’t like my flavour combination (which is amazing) you could flavour these how you like. Plain vanilla would work well too.
Pin the recipe for gluten free Christmas cookies…
Gluten Free Christmas Cookies
- 125 g margarine softened (or butter if not dairy free)
- 70 g sugar icing sugar will give a 'smoother' look
- 220 g plain Free From Fairy gluten-free flour
- 6 cardamom pods seeds removed and crushed
- 1/2 tsp psyllium husk powder or xanthan gum
- Zest 1 orange
- 15 Foxes Fruit sweets or other boiled sweets (check ingredients)
Beat the sugar and margarine (or softened butter) together until light and fluffy
Add the flour, cardamom, psyllium and orange zest and beat until a dough forms. You may need to add 1 tsp water to bring it together. It depends on the flavour you choose because you may want to remove the spice and orange and add 1tsp vanilla extract in which case you won't want the water
If your house is warm you may need to chill the dough for around 30 minutes. Otherwise continue onto the next step
Liberally flour a clean surface and roll the dough in the flour, working it until it is smooth enough to roll.
Roll out with more flour, making sure to move the dough around so that it doesn't stick on the surface (watch the video of me making pastry if you are not sure how to do this).
When the dough is approx. 2mm thick use a star cutter (about 9cm's from point to point) to cut your first shape. Transfer to a baking tray lined with baking parchment.
Using a smaller star shaped cutter (about half the size), cut the middle out of the first larger star. You can either transfer the little star to the tray or re-roll it to get more large stars.
Finally use a straw to poke a small hole in the top of the star for ribbon or string to go through.
Repeat, re-rolling the dough when you need to, until all the dough is used up.
Crush the boiled sweets and sprinkle them into the star shaped holes. They need to fill, but not overfill the hole
Place the biscuits in the pre-heated oven at 190 degrees C or 170 degree fan oven for 15 - 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely on the tray before storing in an air tight container.
If you would like to hang on the Christmas tree, place thin ribbon or thread through the holes and tie to make a loop.
Nutrition information is for guidance only and doesn't include the sweet middle (because I couldn't find the values!).