Cooking With Charl

Amateur home cook, with a love for baking and all things garlic :)

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

After having a really busy day at work and a boring night ahead, what else was I going to do but bake? So I thought is share with you a picture of my manic kitchen full of biscuits, 345 to be exact! Now I just need someone to eat them all! Gift bags at the ready 🙂

(Gingerbread recipe will follow!)

Merry Christmas 🙂

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My Christmas Shortbread

This year I have decided to make little shortbread gifts for friends and family for Christmas, I have already made 2 batches and they don’t stay around for long! They are super easy to make and the recipe can be easily doubled.

Makes around 60 stars

  • – 170g plain flour
  • – 70g sugar
  • – 120g butter

method

  • – If using a food processor mix all ingredients together until well combined and starts to create a ball.
  • – If the butter is cold it will form a breadcrumb like texture, if you tip this out onto a clean working surface and start to work it together, the heat from your hand will help soften the butter and form a ball.
  • – If you do not own a food processor rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips, when well combined add the sugar and repeat step 2.
  • – Flour a clean work surface and roll out the dough to around 1/2 cm thickness for crisp biscuits.
  • – You can then cut the shortbread into any shape you like, I like to use a small star cutter as it works great for guests or packaging up for little gifts! (cutter from wilkinsons)

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  • – Cut out your stars and place onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Any left over dough form back together with your hands, roll out and cut more stars!!
  • – When all stars are cut, places baking trays into the fridge and chill for 30 mins.
  • – Preheat oven to gm4/160 fan/ and bake for 10-12 mins.
  • – When cooked the shortbread will start to bubble on top, and be a very light golden brown.
  • – When ready leave to cool on the tray as the biscuits will be quite soft still (they will harden as they cool)
  • – Remove and place on a wire cooling rack and sprinkle with sugar while still warm.

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I have some cute little bags I like to put these in to give to people at Christmas. These polythene bags are easily found online.

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I always make more for the biscuit tin! Not that I get many, everyone gets to them before I do 😦

I hope you like my recipe 🙂
Merry Christmas!!!!

Charl
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