Okay, so the traditional Scottish shortbread cookie aren't really meant to be "Christmas trees". They're just baked in a round cake pan, then cut into triangles.
But I think if you dip them in chocolate and sprinkle with sugar stars like I did, they totally look the part, don't you think? :)
Therefore PERFECT for Christmas and Holiday parties!
Scottish shortbread is what I ate during my college years, in between revising for exams.
I used to buy them and dunk 'em in a hot steaming cup of coffee until they could hold no more (don't judge).
It was only until a couple of years ago, that I discovered this mega easy the recipe in an old cookery book, and now I make them myself. SO much tastier!
AND there's only 4 ingredients required (if you don't dip them in chocolate...).AND you don't even need cookie cutters!
So it's perfect for those impromptu guests coming over for tea, or for a last minute Christmas cookie exchange party!!
This recipe is also super kid-friendly to make. Tried and tested ;)
Scottish Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies RecipeIngredients:
* 150 g (5 oz) of plain flour* 3 tablespoons of rice or corn flour (the white powdery corn flour - not cornmeal)* 50 g (2 oz) of caster sugar + extra for dredging the cookies* 100 g (4 oz) of butter at room temperature (don't use margarine, it won't taste good!)
* Melted chocolate* Sprinkles
1) Sift flour into a bowl and add sugar and butter. Work the butter with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs, then knead with your hands until the mixture comes together into a dough ball.
2) Spread the mixture into a round cake pan of 18 cm (7 inch) diameter. Smooth with your fingertips, spreading the mixture and leveling it with your hands and the back of a spoon. Prick the cookie dough with a fork, and press the edges with your thumbs to create a scalloped edge (traditional Scottish shortbread cookie decor). Bake at 170 deg C (325 F) or gas mark 3 for 30-40 minutes.
3) Take it out of the oven, and cut into 8 triangles (make 4 cuts) whilst hot. Cool on a wire rack.
4) Meanwhile melt the chocolate in the microwave, then dip the tips of the triangle shortbread cookies into the melted chocolate and top with star sprinkles. Let cookies set on top of parchment paper. Sprinkle with more sugar on top if desired just before serving.
These cookies also make great edible Holiday gifts!!
Do you have any traditional cookie recipes you bake during this time of year?Share the link in the comments :)