Easy Christmas Recipe Shortbread

Sun 21st, Dec, 2014

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Aloha from Sydney, goodness I have been busy the last few days, lots of parties, gatherings and general Christmassy stuff, oh and a few trips to the beach too.  Have Christmas tan on will travel.

How are you lovelies?  I know some of you reading here are from colder climes, I’ve seen you all on instagram all wrapped up, cosy and chilly, are you loving that lovely white snow and sparkly frost?  Chilly is not a word to describe where I am at the moment.

Last night we had a yearly party at a friend’s house, BBQ, drinks and standing around outside looking at pretty Christmas lights, lovely.   We are hosting a party too soon – on the menu a spit roasted lamb on the bbq (we’ll get it going nice and early so it slow roasts all day), lots of nice salads & nibbles (we’ve worked it that guests are bringing most of the salads though I’ll be making a huge batch of the Christmas potato salad, recipe here if you’re interested), I’ll be going the ready-made route for desserts, more on that soon.

Anyway these shortbread biscuits are a lovely little Christmas tradition in this old cottage…you know what I am going to say here, really easy, simple simple recipe, quick to make, a lot better than the ones you get in the packets (though must say I do like those too, the good ones from Scotland) and most of all these are really nice to just whip up a batch pop them on a plate, douse with icing sugar, maybe the odd sprig of something green and serve with a cup of Christmas coffee after your bbq spit roast ;)

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These make you look like you have Christmas all done and dusted, when in fact you are, with gritted teeth, asking your husband to wrap presents and stop talking about football ;)

Oh and this is a few ingredient recipe, who doesn’t love that?!  Make them and then go get in a sparkly Christmas bath while said husband is wrapping presents with a beer.

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Easy Simple Shortbread Recipe

2 1/2 cups plain flour

250g butter softened

1 cup sugar

1. mix all ingredients together (bowl or mixer)

2. gently kneed until it comes together

3. take tablespoons of mixture and roll into balls

4. press onto a baking tray lined with greased baking paper

5. bake 15 mins 200C

And that my friends is it.  As simple as that.  Lots of recipes use cornflour to make it shorter.  Lots have more sugar.  Lots have vanilla.  I have though experimented and it has come down to these three little ingredients working together to taste good and make you look good.

Ok, I am flying out of here, errrm rather a lot to do ladies, though with said Christmas tan on am thinking stuff all that, text the guy in the red suit and ask him if he could perhaps double up on his efforts at and old tatty cottage on the beaches of Sydney this year…and head to beach tomorrow…what you reckon?


Mrs Beach Cottage

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5 Responses to “Easy Christmas Recipe Shortbread”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great easy recipe Sarah. Shortbread is a great tradition ar xmas. I add fresh rosemary and lemon zest for xmas gifts :)

    Did your panettone layers with raspberry puree in each layer (and double cream which has only just become available in nz) and fresh raspberries on top for a pre xmas dinner we were invited to – it was huge and spectacular – i used a 900 g panettone – but it upstaged the party!

    Your layered salad is also an xmas go to here :)

  2. Mb says:

    Christmas tan.

    I’m on my way out to shovel out my car from 126 ft of snow.

    Crying all the way and sporting a lily white glow.



  3. merilyn says:

    they look gorgeous sarah!
    and there’s that plate! … I love that one!
    said husband is b/good who’s heard of them wrapping presents! … top of the class! lol m:)X

  4. Eliz says:

    This shortbread recipe looks like a winner that I will have to try soon!
    On another subject, at one time I believe you had leather sofas in your home. If you don’t mind my asking, is your current sofa an IKEA Ektorp, and if so, why do you prefer it over the leather ones?

    • Sarah says:

      yes I got rid of the leather ones, I never liked them from day 1, I just didn’t like the feel or the look – the Ektorp is ok, I will probably invest at some point to a better quality one but I love how my slipcovered sofas in both rooms can be stripped and popped in the wash…that’s why I prefer them and the look, I love a puffy fabric look