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Friday, 14 December 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Chocolate Chip Shortbread

On the second day of Christmas...

We made chocolate chip shortbread! 

For a few years now we have made hampers for friends and family at Christmas time that are full of yummy home made treats. I like the personal touch that comes with home made gifts, it can sometimes be much nicer than buying something for someone. We will be making them again this year and although we won't make the hampers up until a day or two before Christmas we like to try some things out before hand. Today we made a batch of milk chocolate chip shortbread, it is a yummy treat to give as a gift or to just have in the house to have with a cup of tea (as I plan on doing after writing this).


The recipe is very simple and takes no time at all. You need:

125g/4oz butter
55g/2oz caster sugar
180g/6oz plain flour
150g/5oz chocolate of your choice

To make the biscuits preheat the oven to 190c/375f/gas 5 then beat together the butter and sugar until smooth. After that sift in the flour and mix by hand until you have a smooth dough, this is where you can add your chocolate but that is completely optional. Once it is all mixed together I like to roll it out into a long sausage shape and then pat it out into a rectangle and cut slices to they look as they do in the above picture, you can however shape them as you like. Chill them in the fridge for around 20 minutes to firm up, after that take them out and sprinkle with a little caster sugar. Then all you have to do is bake in the oven for around 10-20 minutes. This will depend entirely on the size and shape of your shortbread biscuits. When they have gone a pale golden brown just take them out and leave them too cool, then enjoy :)


We like to keep our own in a nice Christmas cookie jar but when we are giving them away as gifts I think they look beautiful in cellophane bags tied up with ribbon. 

Thanks for reading 

11 sleeps now!

Shelley xx
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