2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – New York Christmas Baking Cookbook With Stained Glass Cookies Recipe

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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FROM VAL'S KITCHEN 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - New York Christmas Baking Cookbook

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The holidays is the perfect time for baking. The heavenly smell of freshly baked goodies is one that isn’t easily beat. There’s something special about homemade cookies, don’t you agree? I think it’s just knowing that someone took time from their busy day to make them that makes them so special. New York Christmas Baking makes a great holiday gift because it is full of recipes your family and guests will be delighted with. Stained Glass Cookies (recipe below) are perfect for entertaining and gift giving, they look like cookies that came our of a bakery window.

Chapters include:

  • Sweet Christmas Cookies
  • Holiday Cakes
  • Christmas Breakfast

FROM VAL'S KITCHEN 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - New York Christmas Baking Cookbook

New York Christmas Baking

  • Author: Lars Wentrup and Lisa Nieschlag
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (November 12, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1760634689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1760634681
  • Purchase on Amazon

Christmas in New York is a dream! Take a stroll in snow-covered Central Park, go shopping in Manhattan with the streets dressed in their festive finest, and, of course, indulge in the city’s world-famous delicacies. New York Christmas Baking is filled with enticing recipes for cakes, cookies and treats for the most wonderful time of the year, in the most magical city in the world. With sweet dreams straight from New York, Christmas has never tasted better.

Following the success of New York Christmas – also published by Murdoch Books – Lisa and Lars have created New York Christmas Baking: a cookbook of New York’s best baking recipes for the Christmas season. With each chapter dedicated to different types of confectionary, this book is filled with enough delicious recipes to make every day feel like Christmas. Chapter one focuses on sweet Christmas cookies, whoopie pies and snickerdoodles. Chapter two on holiday cakes, pies and cupcakes. And chapter three on Christmas breakfast, bread, muffins and buns. Enjoy sour cream snowflakes, gingerbread cookie cups, apple crumble muffins and much more.

Join Lars and Lisa on another journey to this amazing city, inviting people to dream and explore like no other.

About the Author

Lisa Nieschlag and co-author, Lars Wentrup, co-own a successful design agency in Munster, Germany. Lisa, who has family roots in New York, is a designer and photographer who loves spending her time in the kitchen, cooking, baking, styling and photographing delicious food. Lisa also runs the prize-winning food blog lizandjules.com with Julia Cawley.

Lars Wentrup and co-author, Lisa Nieschlag, co-own a successful design agency in Munster, Germany. Lars is a designer and illustrator. Watching each page of a book being filled with text, images, and life has never lost its magic for Lars. Together with Lisa, they are the perfect team.

You can learn more about these titles and others on the Quarto Murdoch Books website. You can also keep up with Quarto on social media, on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Here’s a recipe for Rainbow Serpent Cake from the cookbook, excerpted with permission from the publisher.

New York Christmas Baking Cookbook Stained Glass Cookies Recipe


If you’re looking to make some special Christmas cookies, try these pretty stained-glass cookies. The powdered lollies melt in the oven to create colourful little ‘windows’. They also make lovelyChristmas tree decorations: simply make a hole in the cookies before baking and then pull somepretty ribbon through the hole.

Makes about 60


  • 300 g (10½ oz) plain flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 200 g (7 oz) butter, at room temperature
  • 120 g (4¼ oz) raw sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp grated lemon zest
  • About 180 g (6 oz) hard lolliesin various colours
  • Flour for dusting


Combine the flour with the baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar in a separate bowl until creamy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Fold in the flour mixture in two batches to make a smooth dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and rest in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F) and line two baking trays with baking paper. Sort the lollies by colour and pulse to a fine powder in a small food processor. Transfer to bowls, separated by colour.

Dust your benchtop lightly with flour, roll the dough out thinly,about 3 mm (1/ 8 inch), and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes,such as Christmas trees, stars or baubles.

Transfer the cookies onto the trays. Cut out small shapes from inside the cookies and fill these with a little of the powdered lollies. If you are planning to use the cookies as decorations, also make a small hole for the ribbon. Bake until golden brown, about10 minutes, and leave to cool on the trays.

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Lauren Kelly October 14, 2019 - 11:02 am

I absolutely love these cookie ornaments! I can’t wait to make them for he holidays!

Toni October 14, 2019 - 11:22 am

I really loved this! Such a great idea for holiday baking!

Laura Reese October 14, 2019 - 12:04 pm

This is a great gift idea. I can’t wait to try it for my holiday baking. The stain glass cookies are so fun and festive.

Erin October 14, 2019 - 12:17 pm

I love baking and trying new recipes for the holidays – this looks like a great book for new cookies to try!

Becky Hardin October 15, 2019 - 12:27 am

Such great baking ideas for the holidays!


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