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Christmas Shortbread

Eeeeek! We are now one full week into December 2017 and I can’t honestly believe that this year has flown by as quickly as it has. But as we start the weekend, I thought I would share a fun-filled recipe that all the family can get involved in.As it’s a Friday and we’re counting down the days to Christmas, shall we take a look at our Christmas Movie Countdown trailer for today? I actually cannot wait to get home from work tonight and curl up with a glass of mulled wine and a blanket to watch this film!

In fact, it’s great. I have this on DVD so can watch it any time of year! I actually only watched it for the first time last year, and I am so confused as to how it took me until this film was 16 years old for me to watch it. Do you like it?

So as it’s soon the weekend, and kids everywhere are getting more and more excited, I wanted to share a family-friendly recipe that you can try making this weekend!

Ingredients:

  • 225g butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 225g plain white flour
  • 125g ground almonds

Method:

  1. Allow the butter to come to room temperature.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour, ground almonds, and a pinch of salt together onto the mixture before stirring in using a wooden spoon until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Gather the dough together with your hands, and place on a clean worktop.
  5. Knead the dough lightly until it forms a ball, then wrap it in clingfilm and place in the fridge until firm.
  6. Grease and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  7. Remove the dough from the fridge, and roll out onto the baking tray about 2cm thick.
  8. Mark with a knife roughly where you will be cutting the shortbread, and feel free to put a little design on! As you can see in the pictures below, I decided to put little spots on mine this time, although I normally leave it plain.
  9. Bake at roughly 180ºC for 15-20 minutes  (again, only you know your oven!)
  10. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes, then cut into your desired shape – I’ve gone with rectangles, but you could cut triangles or anything!

And there you have it! Do you like making shortbread? Or do you have a recipe you always like to crack out around this time of year? Let me know in the comments below!

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9 thoughts on “Christmas Shortbread

  1. I’ve never made shortbread or watched The Grinch 😮. This is why I love reading blogs so much – it’s so inspirational! Thank you for the great ideas Katie, your shortbread looks delicious 💕. Happy Friday & congrats on 1 week of Blogmas, I’ve loved reading your daily posts 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  2. Haha new weekend plans at all? And thank you! I’m slightly disappointed with the batch, but ah well! Thank you so much for reading daily! By the way, I don’t think she’ll mind me telling you but Rachel got her results from that first exam – 81%! She’s slightly annoyed but very happy considering the amount of work she was doing around revision too xxx

  3. I LOVE Shortbread and I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Grinch! This post made me happy, I like adding a little orange to my shortbread which gives it a nice tang. Yours look scrumptious (I love that word) Great recipe Katie and I’m loving your Blogmas posts! xx

  4. Whoops hit reply too early 😂 I considered cinnamon sugar on top, but haven’t quite decided if this is a good idea or not! And thanks Zoe! I’m loving keeping up with your posts too!

  5. Omg shortbread, I frigging love shortbread so much! I have like 2 tins of it in for Christmas already lol! I love the grinch and they have so much grinch merch out at the moment xx

  6. I watched The Grinch for the first time recently – I LOOOOOOVED it! I’m a useless baker so I buy gingerbread men, turn them upside down, and decorate them as reindeer (thanks, Pinterest, haha). Loving the falling snow on your blog, Katie! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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