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Easy peasy shortbread biscuits

Another great recipe to make with the children because it is so simple and inexpensive.  All you need is 3 ingredients - butter, sugar and flour.  Simple.  

Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 125 g butter (room temperature)
  • 75 g caster sugar (chopped in to small squares)
  • 180 g plain flour

Instructions

Stage 1

  1. Set the oven to 160C (assuming we all now have a fan oven)

  2. In a food mixer add the butter and approx 50g of the sugar.  You will have to stop and start this process to scrape down the mixer attachment so that it is all combined.  My son particularly enjoyed this bit as he saw it as an ideal opportunity to indulge in some taste testing.   Stop when it resembles a paste/batter consistency.
  3. Then add in the flour and continue to mix.  You will know when it is done when it starts to clump around the attachment.

  4. Take the mixture and wrap it in clingfilm.  Place in the fridge for approx. 20 mins.  This gives you time to clean up stage 1 or in my case I popped the kettle on and had a sit down.  

Stage 2

  1. After 20 mins remove the mixture from the fridge.  Mould it in your hands for a few minutes (the warmth from your hands just helps to soften it a little to make rolling it easier).  Scatter some flour on the work surface and the rolling pin and begin to roll it out.  I did mine approx. 5mm thick.  They will rise slightly in the oven.

  2. Then cut them in to shape.

Stage 3

  1. Grease a baking tray and line it with greaseproof paper.  Place the hearts on to the tray leaving a centimetre or two between them to allow the biscuits to expand.

  2. Place in the over for 15-20 minutes.  Keep your eye on them as you want them to be a golden colour but not burned around the edges.

  3. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining caster sugar. 

    Decorate as you wish.