Baby Shower Shortbread

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Last weekend for my sister-in-law’s baby shower I baked shorbread. A couple of months before I found some baby themed cookie cutters just by chance in a discount shop, perfect for the baby shower! I used Fiona Cairn’s shortbread recipe from her book Bake & Decorate which I recently reviewed for Quadrille Publishing. Unfortunately it’s been a bit dangerous for me as I’ve fallen in love with this recipe and since it made around 50 biscuits there were plenty left over, now I can’t stop snacking of shortbread. It really is addictive and if I’m truthful I’ve been eating a piece while I’ve been typing! Naughty!

Here’s Fiona’s recipe (in my own words):

Ingredients:

  • 500g salted butter, softened
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 500g plain flour, plus more to dust
  • 250g cornflour or rice flour

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170c.
  2. In a food mixer cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Sift together flour and cornflour/rice flour, gradually mix in with the butter/sugar mixture until bound together as a dough.
  4. Place dough on a floured surface, flour your hands and kneed dough until smooth, but do not overwork.
  5. Leave dough in fridge for approx 30 mins to make it easier to roll out.
  6. Roll chilled dough out to approx 5mm thick and cut into chosen shapes.
  7. Place shortbreads onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and cook for approx 15-20 mins. Sprinkle with sugar once out of the oven.
  8. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Top Tip: Add a little flavour to your shortbread at stage 3, I added 1tsp vanilla extract, you could try lemon or orange zest, cinnamon – be creative.

Icing:

I iced my biscuits with lemon icing as with my gingerbread men. You can read about my icing here: A Gingerman.

Try boxing these biscuits to make a gift:

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  2. Matt says:

    Love the duck shape!

  3. Docchuck says:

    These are nice cookies I will tell my wife about them. They look like prophalactics.

  4. Vicky says:

    He he! Naughty!

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