December 24, 2006
December 19, 2006
Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread
- 300g plain flour
- 200g butter (room temperature)
- 100g sugar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- pinch of salt
- flavouring (3-4 tbsp cocoa powder, pinch of grated cinnamon & nutmeg)
- cranberries for decoration
- Preheat your oven to 190 Celcius. Prepare your cookie/baking sheet (line with baking paper).
- Cream butter, sugar and salt in a bowl.
- Sift flour into a separate bowl with cocoa powder, spices. Remove 1 tbsp flour and put back into box. Replace with 1 tbsp cornstarch.
- Gently fold in dry ingredients (from step 3) into the wet ingredients (from step 2) until all the flour etc. is gone and you're left with a brown mixture. You will probably need to use your hands to knead the mixture into a dough.
- Roll out on a floured surface and cut out shapes as desired using cookie cutters.
- Place on tray. Decorate with cranberries.
- Bake in oven for about 10 minutes (be careful because the chocolate colour makes it hard to see if the cookies are burning!!)
December 3, 2006
Christmas Shortbread Biscuits (Cranberry spiced shortbread) Recipe
(Makes approx. 12 cookies)
140g (1 cup) all-purpose flour
110g (1 stick) unsalted butter
40g (1/4 cup) icing sugar
1 rounded tsp cornstarch
2-3 drops almond essence
2-3 drops vanilla essence
1 pinch each of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt
dried cranberries (decoration)
- Preheat oven to 260 Celcius
- Cream butter, sugar and salt in one bowl. Add almond and vanilla essence.
- In another bowl, sift flour, sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
- Fold dry mixture into wet until combined into a dough.
- Roll out dough, use cookie cutter to cut out the shape you want. Place on lined baking sheet.
- Decorate with cranberry on top.
- Bake in oven (260 Celcius) for about 10 minutes or until golden.
- Leave to cool. It should harden and become crunchy when cooled. Keeps for a couple of weeks in airtight container.