Three ways with Shortbread

clock 50 minutes + 25 minutes bowl Serves 20-30

Ingredients

  • 125 g butter
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup cornflour
  • ½ cup flour
  • Pinch of salt
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How to Cream Butter and Sugar

Method

  • Basic Shortbread Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 150°C. Beat butter and icing sugar together until well combined. Add cornflour and flour. Mix well to form a soft dough. Wrap dough and refrigerate for 10 mins. Roll the dough on baking paper to ¼ cm thick. Cut with decorative shapes. Scoop up leftovers and reroll. Use a little extra flour if needed. Place the shapes onto a baking tray. Bake for 20-25 mins. Cool on a wire rack.

  • 1. Cherry and Almond Biscuits

  • To the above recipe add 1/8 tsp almond essence, ¼ cup chopped almond slivers and 1/3 cup roughly chopped cherries. Bake as above.

  • 2. Chocolate Shortbread

  • To the above recipe, add ½ cup roughly chopped chocolate buttons. Bake as above. To decorate, melt 50 chocolate buttons over simmering water. Dip half of each shortbread into the chocolate.

  • 3. Cheese Shortbread

  • Omit the icing sugar from the above recipe. Add 1 cup tasty cheese, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper. Bake as above.

  • TIP: For sweet shortbread, get creative and decorate with a mix of icing sugar combined with a little hot water for that festive feel. Add silver balls for the finishing touch.

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