You will need
Various sized cookie cutters of the same shape (I used a Christmas tree shape)
Packet of boiled colourful sweets
200g Granulated sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla essence
Few drops of food colouring of your choice
Hundreds and Thousands
Unwrap and separate the sweets by colour and place into small resealable bags. Crush into small bits with a meat mallet or the back of a rolling pin. If the sweets are too hard to do this, place on a baking tray on top of some greaseproof paper and place in a hot oven for 5mins until they become slightly soft, let to cool again and the sweets should be more easily breakable.
In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy.
Mix in the eggs one at a time and add the vanilla.
Gradually add the flour and mix. Add in a few drops of food colouring if using (I used orange), then add about 1/3rd of a packet of Hundreds and Thousands. Mix together until well combined.
Wrap the dough in cling film and place in a fridge to chill for 1 hour.
Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out shapes with your larger cookie cutter.
Transfer the cookies to the baking sheet and cut out the smaller shape in the center of each cookie with the smaller cookie cutter.
Fill in the center of the cookies with the crushed sweets to about 3/4ths of the way full as they will spread when melted. Chill for a further 15-20mins, meanwhile preheat the oven to 180˚C.
Bake the cookies for 12mins and cool on the tray until the sweets center sets. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Tip: If you want to hang these as ornaments, cut a circular hole on the top of each cookie. Once the cookies are completely cool, string with ribbon or thread to turn into ornaments.