Church window biscuits look amazing but taste as artificial as cheap lollies. So cook them for the spectacle rather than to tickle your palate, or with children (who generally have a lot of fun with them, and often like cheap lollies). Damp air is not kind to sugar so bake them on the day you plan to serve them.
Church Window Biscuits
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10 boiled lollies 1 tsp vanilla essence
125g butter 2 cups plain flour
2/3 cup icing sugar
Set over to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Crush lollies.
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla and egg. Stir in flour.
Roll dough to a thickness of 5mm, cut circles from dough and place the circles on the baking tray. Then cut small shapes out of the middles of the circles and add the crushed lollies to the hole.
Cook for 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool on trays.
I asked my sister Wendy what Jack would like for his birthday. She said that she’s getting him some gym equipment which didn’t help me at all. (When the kids were little, it was easy to walk into a toyshop and come out five minutes later with a gift they were bound to love. I wish they had toyshops for adults too.)
 My niece Emma once made a gingerbread house on a gingerbread road and she used church window biscuits to make traffic lights. (I can’t see her cooking something as fiddly as that again until her baby is quite a lot older.)
 Wait. They do: hardware megastores.