Shortbreads

Shortbreads

By
From
Little Kitchen
Makes
30
Photographer
Jacqui Melville

At Christmas time you can turn these into star decorations for your tree. Just use the end of a drinking straw to punch a small hole through a point of each star before you cook them, then thread a ribbon through the hole.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 teaspoon butter, for greasing
1 cup plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1/3 cup caster sugar
110g butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla-bean paste

Equipment

Quantity Ingredient
rolling pin
saucepan
egg flip
measuring spoons
baking tray
biscuit cutters
measuring cups
wooden spoon
wire rack
sifter
mixing bowl
drinking straws

Method

  1. Ask a grown-up to help you preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease a baking tray with the butter.
  2. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the caster sugar.
  3. Put the butter in a saucepan and ask a grown-up to help you melt it over a low heat. Turn off the heat and let it cool a little.
  4. Ask a grown-up to help you tip the butter onto the dry ingredients. Add the vanilla and stir with a wooden spoon until it comes together to form a rough ball. Tip the dough onto a work surface lightly dusted with flour. Use clean hands to pat it into a round then roll it gently with a rolling pin until it is about 1 cm thick.
  5. Dip the biscuit cutter in flour then cut out biscuits from the dough. Gather up all the leftover bits into a ball, then roll it out again and cut out more biscuits.
  6. Place the biscuits on the baking tray, arranging them about 1 cm apart. If you are going to use the shortbreads as Christmas tree decorations then poke the holes in them now.
  7. Ask a grown-up to help you put the tray into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. They will still be pale and soft when they come out of the oven, but will harden as they cool. Leave them on the tray for 5 minutes without moving them then use an egg flip to lift them onto a wire rack.
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