For me, Christmas is a time for lots of baking (all covered in icing sugar snow, of course) and forever filling the house with yummy, festive smells. I always like the idea of having some baked goods to hand for when people come over during December.
I made these shortbreads today, they are so straight forward to make as they only have 4 ingredients and I love to eat them with a cup of tea or even with mulled wine if I have friends over in the evening! I also love that you can make them into all different Christmassy shapes, today I went for stars but I also have some snowflake cutters that I will be using for my next batch. I did want to do some snowflakes today, but my kitchen is one of those kitchens that hides whatever you want whenever you want it! Today it hid my snowflake cutters. Although, I think stars look gorgeous.
To make them you will need:
300g plain flour
200g softened butter
100g caster sugar
a few drops of vanilla extract
Start by rubbing the flour and butter together in a bowl until you have a crumbly consistency, then stir in the caster sugar and vanilla extract and work together until a dough forms. Wrap the dough up in cling film and refrigerate for an hour. When you’re ready, preheat the oven to 130c and lightly flour a surface, then roll the dough out to 1cm thickness. Use a cutter to cut star shapes in the dough and arrange on a lined baking tray. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until they are a pale golden colour. Serve with a dusting of snowy icing sugar.