Spiced Shortbread
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Serves: 27
 
Spiced shortbread - buttery biscuit goodness with warming Christmas spices.
Ingredients
  • 200g butter, cut into small cubes and at room temperature (leave out for about 20 minutes)
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 300g of plain flour
  • 1 tsp of Chinese five spice
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 160C (320F)
  2. Mix the butter and sugar with an electric hand beater or wooden spoon until it is creamy
  3. Add the vanilla and stir in well
  4. Add the five spice and stir in well
  5. Add the flour gradually making sure it is all well combined without over mixing but enough so that you have a batch that holds together for cutting with a cookie cutter. This is firmer than I would normally do for shortbread. Don't worry too much - mine were fairly firm and more like a traditional biscuit than shortbread. But still delicious.
  6. Sprinkle some flour on the kitchen benchtop
  7. Roll the flour until it is about 5mm thick. Try to get the thickness as even as possible as this will help them cook more evenly in the oven.
  8. Cut out the shortbread using cookie cutters. If you don't have cookie cutters I would just cut them in to rectangular finger length pieces.
  9. Line a baking tray with baking paper (don't spray with cooking spray - I did this with my first batch and the bottoms burnt.)
  10. Place the shortbread on the tray.
  11. Pop into the fridge for about 20 minutes to help them firm up.
  12. Pop the shortbread in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure you don't burn them.
  13. Once cooked, put them on a wire rack to cool.
  14. If you want to ice your cookies wait until they are nice and cool and then go wild.
Notes
The preparation time includes leaving the butter out to get to room temperature
Cook time includes everything except cooling and decorating. I was super slow to decorate but you may well be faster.
Cutting the shortbread was slower than normal with my fancy new cookie cutters, you can reduce the cooking time if you go with a more basic cutter.
Recipe by Shrinking Single at http://www.shrinkingsingle.com/spiced-shortbread/