Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas Baking




Along with all things beauty and blogging, baking is one of my all time favourite hobbies. Christmas is the perfect time of year to whip out the mixing bowl and get involved, even for those that aren't keen chefs. I spent this afternoon whipping up a batch of shortbread with the boy and my little sister and I must say, it was actually really fun. Shortbread is so easy to make, tastes delicious and really fun to decorate. I prefer my shortbread chewy and soft, rather than crumbly and this is the fool proof recipe I follow every time. Taken from this blog, it hasn't failed me yet.

First preheat your oven to 180Âșc and grease your baking tray. Start by simply creaming together 1 cup of both softened butter and white sugar. Next beat in one egg and 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla essence. Finally stir in 2 cups of flour and a pinch of salt. I then use my hands to bring everything together into a firm dough, it's ok if it feels slightly sticky at this point. Now I roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut out my cookies. Given that it's Christmas I opted for some festive shapes but you can choose whatever you like- this recipe is so flexible. I bake mine for 10-12 minutes (depending on their thickness) until they are lightly golden brown. Don't be concerned if they feel soft when removed from the oven, they will firm up once cool.

If you try out these cookies definitely let me know, I'd love to see your pictures via Twitter or Instagram! Happy Baking! xx
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3 comments:

  1. Oooh these look lovely- I made a similar kind of thing http://101studentbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/the-sunday-post-1.html a few weeks ago! xxx

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  2. Yummy yours look tasty xx

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  3. Now I want to make some cookies!


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