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Warning! Addictive Christmas shortbread cookies


christmas shortbread cookiesA melt in your mouth Christmas shortbread cookies, as festive as flavorful, are to be considered on  your to bake list for this season. You would love to close your eyes when eating to involve all your senses.

christmas shortbread cookieWhenever i want to make a no fail recipe and be sure the taste will be as good as the picture, i go back to my small notebook where i keep my mom’s recipes. Every time i bake these shortbread cookies i get more and more certain it’s the best recipe.

christmas shortbread.cookiesThis quantity yields 12-30 cookies (depending on how big you cut them out)

  • 200g butter
  • 2 1/2 cups flour sifted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Combine all together and knead until the dough is smooth. No need to let it chill as we use cold butter. But don’t hesitate to put it in the fridge if it gets too soft while working.

You will need a set of different sizes of star shape cookies cutter to be able to make the levels of the tree from big to small.

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Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line your baking pan with parchment paper and bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. Keep on checking, when the edges start to turn to golden, it’s time to remove, you don’t want them to get brown.

christmas.shortbread cookiesLet them cool completely. To stack them, start the base with the biggest star to end up with the smallest. Dust with powdered sugar and serve! The best is to be served with a cup of tea or coffee.

christmas-shortbread-cookieschristmas-shortbread cookies christmas-shortbread.cookiesCookies can be kept in an airtight container for about a week. But I am sure such addictive shortbread won’t last to that time, at least in my house.

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irresistible sablé aux abricots


sable aux abricotsSablé (a french word meaning sand), is a shortbread biscuit. It’s called “sablé” because of the sandy texture you get when you rub the butter, flour and sugar together before adding the eggs.

These delicious sablés are filled with homemade apricot jam and flavoured with lemon zest. Simply irresistible!

They are so tempting that am sure you’re going to the kitchen the minute you finish reading the ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 250g butter
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 tbsp powdered milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • zest of one lemon

Method:

Mix butter, flour and sugar, and rub them until they become like sand. Add the eggs one by one then powdered milk, vanilla and lemon zest. Mix well until you get a consistent dough. I recommend to put it for half an hour in the fridge before shaping the rounds (5mm thickness). Don’t forget to make equal number of rounds with a hole in the middle for the upper part. Place them on a parchment paper and bake for 15-20 mns on 175°C.

P.S: For the people who don’t have the cutters, they can use a glass cup to cut the big circles and the cap of a bottle of water to make the hole on the upper one.

When they cool down to room temperature fill them with any jam of your preference, i used apricot jam that my mom made, then sprinkle icing sugar (or powdered sugar) on the top.

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Thesy are so seductive! Don’t you agree?!