Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas trees shortbread

This is one of my mum’s favourite recipes for Christmas time. She always bakes them each week so we never run out in December.  I used a tree cookie cutter, but you could make them any shape you like.
Ingredients
  • 250g softened butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 cups Plain Flour
  • 1/2 cup cornflour 
Step 1:  Preheat oven to 150°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper and brush trays with melted butter to grease. 
Step 2: Use an electric beater to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl until pale and creamy.
Step 3: Gradually add the combined flour, beating on low speed until almost combined.  
 
Step 4: Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl. Knead the dough gently until smooth.
Step 5: Once the dough is smooth, use a cookie cutter to shape dough into Christmas trees. Transfer to one of the prepared lined trays. Use a hot flat-bladed knife to smooth the surface of the dough trees on the tray. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm. 
Step 6: Bake the shortbread in oven, swapping the trays halfway through cooking, for 40 minutes or until light golden. Sift some extra icing sugar onto the shortbread. Set aside on the trays for 10 minutes to cool before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  
 Lady Creativity

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