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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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!