Stained Glass Biscotti + Christmas Tree Decoration

In my previous post, I’ve mentioned how much I like to make my own Christmas tree ornaments. Even though homemade craft is not my forte, I can imagine the satisfaction you’ll get from the end product, regardless it’s good or bad.

Unfortunately, if owning a hot glue gun (for a start) is a prerequisite to crafting at home, all I can say is not only I don’t have the “talent” but also the necessary “gadget” to expand my crafting skills.

But fret not. I know I can always count on food and my kitchen gadgets to come to the rescue.  Especially when it comes to Christmas decorations, it’s quite common to use edible ingredients, transforming from yummy-licious to beauty-licious. :P

There are many ways we can go about making edible decorations. For a start, we can bake some gingerbread cookies and then glazed them with pretty pastel coloured icing; and if you’re infatuated with blings, there’s nothing like sparkly sprinkles and edible pearl cachous can’t do. And don’t forget about popcorns garlands? Love those too!

That said, I thought it would be fun and special to add these biscotti ornaments to my growing list of Christmas decoration ideas.  What do you think?

Stained Glass Biscotti & Christmas Tree Decoration

(tweaked slightly from The Australian Women’s Weekly – Macaroons & Biscuits)

Taste or aesthetic? The original recipe specifies 1 1/2 cups of glace cherries which I think it’s a bit excessive for my taste. So I’ve reduced to 3/4 cup which I’m glad that I did. Otherwise, the biscotti would be overly (sickeningly) sweet. That said, for aesthetic purpose, the original portion would garner more “stained glass” effect as compared to mine.

Makes 60 biscotti


¾ cup (165g) caster (superfine) sugar

2 eggs

1 1/3 cups (200g) plain flour

1/3 cup (50g) self-raising flour

¾  cup multi glace cherries, halved

½ cup (80g) pecan pieces (or blanched almonds as per original recipe)


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit).  Grease oven trays or line with baking paper.

2. Hand whisk sugar and eggs in medium bowl until combined; stir in sifted flour then cherries and nuts.

3. Knead dough on floured surface until smooth.

4. Divide dough in half, roll each portion into a 30cm (12 inch) log;

5. Place logs on tray and bake about 30 minutes.  Cool the logs on tray for 10 minutes before cutting into slices of biscotti. Meanwhile, reduce oven temperature to 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit).

6. Using serrated knife (I found steak knife to be useful), cut logs diagonally into 5mm (1/4 inch) slices. If you are to use some for Christmas tree decoration,  create a hole near the end of the biscotti with a chopstick – this is where you’re going to thread a gold string through the hole and hang the biscotti.

7. Place slices, in single layer on baking paper lined trays and bake for about 30 minutes or until dry and crips, turning halfway through baking.

8. Cool on wire racks.

9. Once cooled, start to thread the biscotti. If you’re having trouble threading (due to the final baking in step 7) use a toothpick / satay stick to “clear” the hole.

{Happy decorating!}

11 Responses to Stained Glass Biscotti + Christmas Tree Decoration
  1. Anna's Table
    December 7, 2010 | 3:05 pm

    I absolutely love your presentation. It such a festive photo with your beautiful stained glass biscotti….a definite FB buzz from me.

  2. Liv Wan
    December 7, 2010 | 4:44 pm

    Hello Emily,
    Your photos looks breath taking. Love the idea of making your own christmas biscotti and use it for christmas tree decoration too. lol Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  3. Blog is the New Black
    December 7, 2010 | 11:53 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  4. meemsnyc
    December 8, 2010 | 12:22 am

    I love biscotti, what a great idea for ornaments.

  5. Lau@Corridor Kitchen
    December 8, 2010 | 4:01 am

    They look so pretty! I love biscotti. It’s a shame I don’t like galce cherries though.

  6. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets
    December 8, 2010 | 5:04 am

    What a lovely festive idea. Great styling hanging them from the branches, too.

  7. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels
    December 8, 2010 | 5:21 am

    Your biscotti is beautiful! I love the idea to make a stained glass design and then turn it into decorations for the tree. :)

  8. Amy Bakes Everything
    December 8, 2010 | 12:22 pm

    Beautiful! I’ll bet they taste good, too!

  9. Joy
    December 8, 2010 | 9:33 pm

    Those looks great. I even have some of those cherries at home :D

  10. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron
    December 8, 2010 | 9:51 pm

    That is such a clever idea Emily! They look very pretty on a tree and (if i have a party) my guests would go all over it.

  11. chocolatesuze
    December 9, 2010 | 7:05 am

    your photos are absolutely stunning! hey dude are you coming to the sydney food bloggers picnic on sat?

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