Christmas shortbread

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Not sure what to take to your Christmas party, or even what to give friends and family this year? Give the gift of baking! What’s better than a delicious fresh batch of shortbread made with love? This little recipe is a winner, if you cook to perfection the shortbread will melt in ones mouth. I just used a little bit of icing to decorate with the edible pearls to give them a festive look. Be creative though, you could decorate the shortbread with red and green lollies, or popping candy – it’s Christmas, the toppings are endless… Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour

Icing

  • 1 tbl milk
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • edible silver pearls

Makes 30

Method

Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl until fluffy. Transfer to a larger bowl and add the sifted flours. Stir until just combined.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured bench and bring together with hands. Divide into two portions, glad wrap the dough and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees.

Roll out one portion at a time between two sheets of baking paper (as very crumbly). Using cookie cutters carefully cut out shapes and re-roll when necessary. Carefully place dough on a lined baking tray.

Cook one tray at a time in a moderately slow oven. Bake until edges are golden (around 20 minutes).

Cool on wire wracks and repeat baking with the other trays.

To decorate, place icing sugar and milk in a bowl and stir until smooth thick consistency. You may need to add more sugar as you go. Place icing on cookies once cooled and arrange pearls on top.

Store in an airtight container and enjoy with family and friends!!

Happy baking and Merry Christmas, love Jem x

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