christmas shortbread

Christmas shortbread

Christmas shortbread

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 25 minutes + 20 minutes baking

Serves: approx 12 biscuits

I never quite got round to doing anything for St Andrews day last week but as we had some friends coming round at the weekend I thought I would use that as an excuse to make a tasty Scottish inspired snack. Hannah just got a new snowflake biscuit cutter and wanted to use it so we turned a basic shortbread recipe into something a bit Christmassy. I’ve not made Scottish shortbread for years because it didn’t used to go well, but I think these turned out quick well.


225g (1 1/3 cups) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
110g (1 cup) cornflour
Pinch of salt
110g (1/2 cup) caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
225g (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing


Pre-heat the oven to 170C / 160C fan and prepare your baking trays

Line two baking trays with baking paper.

Add the ingredients a mixing bowl

Get your toddler to weigh the flour (225g) into a small bowl then add to your mixing bowl. Do the same with the cornflour (110g). Add the salt (pinch), then give everything a quick mix.


Weigh the sugar (110g) and add it to the bowl.

Get your toddler to weigh the butter (225g) and then cut into small pieces. Add to your bowl.

Form the shortbread dough

Using your finger tips, rub your mixture together until you have fine breadcrumbs, then bring it together kneading it lightly until you have a smooth dough.


Roll out your biscuits

Roll the dough out between two pieces of baking paper until it is about 1cm thick. We’ve never done it using baking paper before but found it definitely helped stop it sticking.

Cut into any shape you want and place them on your baking tray. We used our new Christmassy snowflake cutter. Prick the biscuits with a fork.


Re-roll the scraps and cut more out.

Chill the baking trays for at least 30 minutes (to stop them spreading too much during cooking). The fewer times you re-roll the dough the better. Ours started to turn a bit greasy as we re-rolled them out loads but they still tasted nice!

Cook the shortbread

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. They’re ready when they’re just starting to turn golden brown at the edges. Leave them on the baking tray for a few minutes then pop them on a wire rack to cool.

Christmas shortbread

christmas shortbread

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