Thinking what to give my colleagues at work for Christmas, I got this great gift idea from the December issue of deliciousmagazine.
Shortbreads made any shapes you like and wrapped beautifully any ways you like!
For me, a homemade gift is always the best gift! These shortbreads are pretty, delicious, easy to make and a wonderful gift for this festive season.
Recipe for 'All-butter shortbread stars and hearts' by delicious.magazine as follow:
Makes about 32
Takes 10 minutes to make, 15-20 minutes to cook, plus chilling and cooling
60g golden caster sugar
120g unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla or orange extract
175g plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting
1. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, butter and extract. Sift over the flour and mix until it forms a dough. Shape into a disc, wrap in cling film, then chill for at least 30 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 180 degree C/fan 160 degree C/gas 4. Lightly dust the work surface with flour, then roll out the dough to a thickness of 5mm. Use small cutters to cut out stars or hearts and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden around the edges, the transfer to a wire rack to cool.
|Shortbreads in festive paper cups|
Once the shortbreads are entirely cool, I filled some paper cups with them then wrap the cups with cellophane and finally tie them up in a bow with some curling ribbon.
*Drum-roll*.......and we get a pretty little edible gift!
The shortbreads were wonderfully sweet and very buttery and crumbles nicely in your mouth...yummy!
|All wrapped up in gold stars cellophane|
My colleagues loved the little gifts they received, took photos of them and did not even want to open them up!
With that, I wish you all a joyous and blessed Christmas. Remembering that it is all about God's love for us that He sent His only Son, Jesus, for our salvation!
Happy holidays and have a lovely time with family and friends!