Christmas Shortbread Recipe
If you like shortbread and let's face it who doesn't, here's an excuse to bake some for Christmas. I use a standard shortbread recipe - one part sugar to two parts butter and three parts flour. I then ice the biscuits with some water icing and decorate them with whatever takes my fancy. As long as it's Christmasy it doesn't matter what you choose! I like to make my own Christmas themed decorations from coloured marzipan (almond icing). A few drops of red and green food colouring and you've got holly berries, holly leaves and mini-Christmas trees galore! The icing also adds a little sweetness and keeps the marzipan from falling off the biscuits.
- 4oz caster sugar
- 8oz butter
- 12oz plain flour, shifted
- pinch salt
- 2oz icing sugar
- hot water
- red and green food colouring
- Beat the sugar and butter together in a large bowl until smooth.
- Using a sieve, sift in the flour and salt and work together to form a nice, soft dough.
- When you are happy with the dough turn it out onto a lightly floured board.
- Knead the dough lightly for a few moments but avoid over handling.
- Chill for the dough in the fridge for 10 - 15 minutes.
- Then roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface and using a round cutter, cut out the biscuits.
- Place the biscuits on a greased baking tray and bake in a preheated oven 180oC for 10 - 15 minutes or until they become a pale golden brown colour.
- Leave the biscuits on the baking tray to cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a bowl mix the icing sugar with a little hot water to make a icing that will spread easily.
- Ice the biscuits and then decorate with your pieces of marzipan.
- If youstore the biscuits in an airtight tin they should last you over Christmas.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 10 - 16 biscuits