Aars' Sumptuous Shortbread Snowflakes!

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scrumptious shortbread snowflakes

A little out of season? Yes! I agree, but Aars’ cousin Little O is having a Frozen party to celebrate her 4th birthday today, and I was asked to bring safe cupcakes and biscuits. I thought these treats – normally saved for Christmas would be perfect! They are super easy to make – the bonus being rest time in the prep to catch up on your Frozen songs :-S… or just enjoy a herbal tea – the option I went for!

Aars’ Sumptuous Shortbread Snowflakes! Ingredient List icing sugar, sunflower spread, vanilla extract, plain flour, salt

Aars’ Sumptuous Shortbread Snowflakes! Process

  • Cream together:
    • 1 C sunflower spread
    • ½ C icing sugar
  • Once creamed mix in:
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Add to the mix
    • 2C plain flour
    • ¼tsp salt
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      dough in cling film ready to chill
  • Do NOT overbeat – once it’s mixed and about to come together
    • dump onto cling film
    • use cling film to push it together into a ball
    • tighten cling film to seal it
    • leave in the fridge for an hour to chill
  • (Time for a cuppa fresh mint tea & a blog 🙂 or to get on top of other chores…
  • After an hour preheat oven to 180°C
  • Prep two baking trays with baking paper
  • flour another sheet of baking paper to work on (this dough is very fragile and baking paper is a good way of lifting the dough onto your rolling pin for flipping)
  • Roll out dough to about ¼ inch deep
  • Cut out – stars, snowflakes… whatever shapes you fancy
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    cookie cutter time (baking tray adjacent)
  • Place biscuit shapes onto baking tray
  • When the tray is full pop into the oven
  • Biscuits take a different length of time dependant on their size; small shapes about 5 mins, these snowflakes were 7 mins. Basic rule is cook ’til they start to go golden on edges (see pic)
  • Carefully lift onto a cooling rack to cool.
  • If you want to make icing to decorate them do it now while they cool.

Icing

  • In bowl:
    • ½ C icing sugar
    • 2 tsp water
  • Mix well – you may want to cover the whole biscuit in icing if so add a tiny bit more water. I added a couple of drops of red food
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    golden tips – ready to leave the oven

    colouring to make a very subtle pink.

  • Spoon the lot into a sandwich bag (I use Sainsburys easy seal ones – cheap and cheerful)
  • Use the side of your hand to push all the icing into one corner.
  • Cut the very edge of the corner to create a tiny hole to pipe the icing through
  • Ice your shapes once cool (I sit them on the baking paper they baked on, so any drips of icing land on the paper)
  • Try one or two or three or four (depending on size 😉 the rest are for the kiddies!
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