Stained glass shortbread, slices of dried oranges and Christmas wreath

Stained glass shortbread and Christmas garlands

What if we made our own Christmas decorations? What a pleasure to put your hands in the dough and share a good time with your family. Of course, the diy that I propose to make today remains related to the kitchen.

I made pretty garlands by alternating stained glass shortbread, slices of dried oranges and spices. For the stained glass shortbread, I used my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. These shortbread cookies are really delicious with their spicy taste. This is the perfect Christmas recipe! If you don’t want to use this recipe for decorations, you can taste them or offer them. As it is also a very easy dough to work with, I always use it to make gingerbread houses, or like here for garlands. For the magic of Christmas, I made stained glass shortbread, because I find it superb to see the light pass through his heart. The realization of these shortbreads seemed to me very simple. And, I have it! But, when I looked at the different recipes that can be found on the internet, I had a big moment of doubt. There are cooking times and durations that go almost from simple to double. So I had to do several tests. The recipe that I am giving you is the one that gave me the best result, that is to say a transparent stained glass window, without bubbles and which keeps for a very long time. I made mine this summer and they are still perfect. To keep them for a long time, you just have to avoid putting them too close to the radiator.

I also made slices of dried oranges. So, there is nothing simpler to do since you just have to arrange the slices of oranges on a plate and put them in the hot oven.

Afterwards, it’s up to you to do as you wish. Personally, I tied my shortbread and my orange slices with a string. And I added spices to keep with the spicy cookie theme.

I hope I would have made you want to make your own decorations.

Stained glass shortbread, slices of dried oranges and Christmas wreath :

Stained glass shortbread:

90 g of honey

70g brown sugar
2 tsp gingerbread spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 pinch of salt
115g soft butter
1/2 egg
220g flour

Sour candies

Warm the honey, sugar and spices.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt.

In a salad bowl, or a robot, pour this mixture, then add the butter. To mix together.
Add the egg. To mix together.
Then add the flour gradually and mix until you have a ball of dough.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.
Cut out shapes with 2 cutters of different sizes. Place them on a baking sheet as you go.
As soon as a plate is full, cook for 10/12 minutes.

While the first batch is cooking, prepare the next. Proceed in this way until the last piece of dough.
Let cool.

Stained glass shortbread for Christmas

Crush the candies into powder, one color at a time. Fill the center of the cookies with the candy powder.

Lower the oven temperature to 140°C.

Bake for about 3 minutes, until the powder melts. Allow to cool completely before moving them.

Stained glass shortbread

Slices of dried oranges:

3 small oranges
Cut the oranges into thin slices and arrange them on a plate.
Leave to dry in the oven at 90°C for a few hours.
Slices of dried oranges
Glue star anise stars on the orange slices.
Slices of dried oranges
Make the garlands by alternating shortbread, orange slices and cinnamon sticks…
Christmas wreaths

There you go, you made the decorations for your Christmas tree!

Christmas tree

To finish: I made these garlands in partnership with Zodio. Their motto being Do…

You can find many ideas in their pretty inspiration books and in store.

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