Thursday, 20 December 2012

Christmas Vanilla short bread

Rich and crumbly vanilla short bread.


180 grams / 6 oz plain flour
60 grams / 2 oz sugar
120 grams /4 oz  butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 tablespoon milk
Silver edible draggies


6 tablespoons icing sugar
gel food colours green, pink, brown and yellow.
2-3 teaspoon water approx


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / 350 degrees F
2. In a bowl cream together the sugar and butter.
3. Add the vanilla, milk and flour and make a dough.
4. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
5. After the dough has chilled, roll it out on a dusted surface and cut out Christmas tree shaped short bread.

6. Place shortbread on baking tray and bake for 10-12 mins until slightly golden.
7. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
8. In a bowl sieve the icing sugar, add a little water to form a thick dropping consistency icing that holds shape when piped.(The amount of water to add is approx and make sure the icing is not too runny otherwise you won't be able to pipe with it.)Divide the remaining mixture into into half and colour one half  green. Divide the remaining icing into three parts.Colour one part yellow, one part brown and one part pink
9.Make  icing bag  from greaseproof paper.( See the video here.)
10.Fill the cones with prepared icing .
11. Start with the green icing and outline all the cookies with the green icing.
12. Thin the green icing by adding 2-3 drops water and use it to fill the inside of the green outlined cookies. This is called flooding.Leave the icing to set for 30 minutes.(Check video here)

13. Once green icing is dry. Pipe a base for the tree in brown icing.pipe. Next pipe yellow wiggly lines to represent tinsel on the tree.

14. With the pink icing pipe bows and stars to represent ribbons and stars on the tree.
15.Sprinkle some edible silver balls to represent baubles.

Allow the icing to set for few hours before wrapping the short bread in cellophane for gifts.

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  1. cute n beautiful cookies r perfect 4 celebration.

  2. This recipe sounds lovely! I think I will use it to make Easter biscuits with my children. We have chick, egg and bunny shaped cutters and we can hang them on our Easter tree!

  3. I defintely need to give this biscuits ago for my spring tea party but I think I'll go with hearts & flowers not Christmas tress yet lol!

  4. Really pretty biscuits! I love the pale green colour.

  5. And as Christmas will be here again sooner than we think I definitely come back for this recipe!

  6. We shall be making these soon! I adapted this recipe at Easter and made bunny shaped short bread!

  7. Will be making these as ordinary biscuits, not Christmas ones this half-term.

  8. I want to have a go at icing biscuits - I'll do a different shape for the moment but will have a go at these.

  9. These were just what I was looking for to bake with my grandchildren. Allows their imagination to go wild as they decorate the biscuits


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