Easy Christmas Shortbread Recipe
When I think about Christmas baking, Shortbread is one of the first things that comes to mind. I love having a tin of homemade shortbread on hand to offer visitors when they drop by, and it also makes a great Christmas gift for friends, family, teachers and neighbours.
This is an easy recipe to put together, my biggest tip is to make sure you roll your dough on a cool bench – otherwise you may find it will stick (even with a floured bench) and it will be difficult to work with.
I enjoy my shortbread as is, however if you want to make it a little more ‘fancy’ why not dip it in melted chocolate or decorate with silver cachous before baking?
- 250g softened butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 25g rice flour
- 5 drops of vanilla essence
- 375g plain flour
- Preheat oven to 190 degrees.
- Beat together the butter, sugar and rice flour until they turn white. Add a few drops of vanilla essence and continue to beat.
- Gradually add the flour to the mixture, whilst continuing to mix on a low speed until a paste forms.
- Turn mixture onto a cool bench dusted with flour and work until a smooth ball forms.
- I split my ball into two and place one in the fridge, covered in glad wrap.
- Roll the other ball until apron 1cm thick and use cookie cutter to make desired shapes.
- Bake in oven for approximately 12 minutes until edges start to turn a golden brown.
What’s your favourite Christmas treat?