Shortbread Christmas Trees

Happy Christmas Everyone

There is only around a day and a half to go until the big day, so I hope you’ve managed to get everything you needed to do and everything you needed to buy sorted and out of the way so you can have a relaxing holiday.

I thought I’d share a new recipe with you today. I love shortbread, and with this recipe, I’ve given it a Christmas twist. It’s also really easy to make, with only a few ingredients.

You could make this if you are having guests over this Christmas, for something sweet after Christmas Dinner, or it could also work as a last minute gift for somebody, as it has that personal touch to it.

The recipe is below if you are interested.

If you’ve been following along here and on social media thus far, thank you for your support. I really do appreciate it, and I’m excited to share more with you in the new year, when I move to New York City.

Have a lovely Christmas and a great New Year!

Stephen

 

Christmas Tree Shortbreads (Makes around 35 biscuits)

You will need:

600g of plain flour

300g of caster sugar

350g of butter

50g of dark chocolate chunks

50g of dried cranberries

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

150ml of Irish Knights Cream Liquor (or Baileys/another brand you enjoy)

A Christmas Tree cookie cutter ( or any other shape you like)

How to make them:

Preheat the oven to 180C

Mix together the plain flour and caster sugar. Then add the butter, vanilla extract and cream liquor ( I used Irish Knights because I had it to hand, but you can also use Baileys or an equivalent), before working the mixture together using your fingers until it’s smooth and combined well. If the mixture seems too liquid, add some extra flour if needs be to help form the dough.

After that, add in the dark chocolate chunks and dried cranberries and mix them evenly through the dough.

Place the dough on a floured service and roll it out to about a quarter of an inch thickness using a rolling pin. Use your cutter to cut Christmas tree shapes of the dough and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Place into your pre-heated oven and bake for around 10-12 minutes, when the biscuits are just beginning to brown. Remove them, and let them cool for around 15 minutes on the tray, and then transfer them to a wire rack to completely cool.

After that, make a cup of tea and enjoy!

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