Hard Candy Christmas

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Will it be a Hard Candy Christmas for you this year? But don’t let sorrow get you down – make these cookies instead!

Hard Candy Christmas - festive cookies with a hard candy "stained glass" center

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This is actually rather an unusual recipe for us in two ways: firstly, we haven’t added any extra “punnage” – Hard Candy Christmas is a song from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Secondly, it isn’t an original recipe. While brainstorming for ideas, Angus suggested these Stained Glass Window biscuits – a Mary Berry recipe. We loved it so much that we didn’t want to change it in any way, so you’ll need to head over there for the finer details.

This is our second recipe inspired by “Whorehouse” – the first being Bus From Amaretto – a delicious sweet and sour cocktail. Hard Candy Christmas is sung by the female lead, Miss Mona (played by Dolly Parton in the movie version), and joined by the female chorus. It’s a sad song in Act II sung after the girls leave the whorehouse.

I’ll be fine and dandy
Lord it’s like a hard candy Christmas
I’m barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won’t let
Sorrow get me way down

To make these beautiful cookies you’ll need butter, sugar, flour and some hard candies. After making the dough, rolling it out and cutting out star shapes (you’ll need a star shaped cookie cutter set) you have to bash the candies into tiny pieces, then sprinkle them inside the central cavity.Hard Candy Christmas - festive cookies with a hard candy "stained glass" center

It’s all a bit sweet and sticky to make – but the final result is so beautiful! Just be careful not to overcook them or the melted candy center will start to darken.

Hard Candy Christmas - festive cookies with a hard candy "stained glass" center

Don’t forget to head over to the original recipe for the exact details!

Hard Candy Christmas - festive cookies with a hard candy "stained glass" center

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