Look at this Christmas Tree shortbread. Doesn’t it look festive and Christmasy? The icing sugar snow and the Christmas decorations. Layed out ready for munching. Yum!
Now, these are so easy to make. Just 3 ingredients plus any filling you want to add. Flour, butter and sugar. And a Christmas tree cutter for the festive feel. That’s all. They can be left out on display and munched up on the same day. Or stored in a container ready to dip into any time over the Christmas period. These will last 10 days or so if you can’t resist them before! You could even wrap them up as gifts and give them away. Maybe even as a Secret Santa gift like my Christmas Cookies.
So let’s make these Festive Fancies…
1. Get the ingredients together
As always, get all ingredients together before and preparation or cooking is started. It’s simple here because it’s just the 3 ingredients, flour, sugar, and butter, plus any fillings you want.
2. Make the shortbread dough
To make the shortbread dough, first, add the sugar to the softened butter and blend together well. You can do this with a good old-fashioned wooden spoon and a touch of elbow grease, or do it the easy way with a food blender.
Once the sugar is mixed with the butter blend in the flour to make a dough. Then add any fillings you want to and roll the dough into a ball. I went for milk chocolate simply because I like it, but you could use anything you fancy. Nuts. Dried fruit. How about cranberries for that festive feel?
Now, take the ball and roll it into a thick sausage shape and wrap it tightly in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for 1 hour.
3. Make and bake the shortbreads
Once the shortbread dough has chilled remove it from the clingfilm. Then, using a rolling pin, roll the dough until it is around 2 cm thick. Using your Christmas tree cutter, cut the shortbread out and lay on a baking paper covered baking tray.
Repeat this until all of the dough is used up and then bake the Christmas tree shortbread in a pre-heated oven at 200C / 180C Fan for 15-20 minutes, or until the shortbread edges have started to turn brown.
And there you have it! Christmas tree shortbread. All that is left to do now is to sprinkle a little icing sugar over the trees and eat. Also, remember, these will keep for around 10 days if kept in a sealed container. You can enjoy them all over the Festive period! Yum!!
Well, that’s it for now gang! I hope you give these little beauties a go. The kids will love them and they can even help you make them. Let me know how you get on. I’d love to know.
Or even try one of my other Christmas recipes.
As always, thanks for reading, and a very Merry Christmas…Steve.
Don't these Christmas tree shortbreads look delicious. Icing sugar snow and Christmas decorations. Pack them up in Christmas wrapping or present them to be munched on at any time. A very simple Christmas recipe. Yum | theyumyumclub.com
- 300 grams plain flour
- 200 grams softened butter
- 100 grams golden caster sugar
- 100 grams milk chocolate
First, get all of the ingredients together.
Now add the sugar to the butter and blend until smooth. You can do this by hand to with an electric blender.
Now, blend in the flow to make a shortbread dough.
Next, mix in your flavourings. See the recipe notes below. For me milk chocolate. Then form a ball with the dough.
Now, roll the dough to a thick sausage shape and cover tightly with clingfilm. Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
Once chilled, roll the dough out to around 2sm thick and, using a Christmas Tree cutter, cut out the individual shortbreads and place onto a baking paper covered baking tray. Do this until all of the dough has been used up.
Bake the shortbread in a pre-heated oven at 200C / 180C Fan for 15-20 minutes or until the edge of the shortbread has turned brown.
Let them cool and then present ready to be munched or pack in Christmas wrapping as lovely Christmas gifts. Yum!
Note: you can use any filling you want for these shortbreads. I used milk chocolate because I like it but you could use any chocolate, nuts, for example, pistachio or dried fruits. It's Christmas and they are Christmas trees so why not cranberries?