Shortbread star biscuits recipe

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makes: 20
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 40 min
Cooking: 20 min
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  • If you’re looking for a quick a quick and simple Christmas food gift, or something to go with Christmas morning coffee, then give this shortbread stars a go. You only need butter, flour and sugar to make shortbread. We’ve added a bit of vanilla and then decorated our stars with icing sugar and edible glitter. The great thing is that you can make these stars as a food gift a week in advance. Just keep them in an airtight container and then package them up with cellophane and colourful ribbon. And they’re not just for Christmas – this is a great shortbread recipe for any time of the year!


    • 225g butter
    • 112g plain flour
    • pinch salt
    • 56g caster sugar
    • 56g cornflour
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • Icing sugar and edible glitter to decorate


    • Sieve together the dry ingredients, add the vanilla extract and rub in the butter until it forms a ball. Wrap it in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

    • Preheat the over to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2.

    • Remove from the fridge and roll out the shortbread (it’s easier to do this between 2 sheets of cling film) to about 1cm thickness.

    • Cut out the shortbread with a star cutter and place on a non-stick baking sheet.

    • Put in the middle of the oven and bake for about 15-20 mins. Leave to cool and then decorate with icing sugar and edible glitter.

    Top tip for making Shortbread star biscuits

    Flavour your shortbread with grated clementine rind, or 2 crushed cardamon pods, or a pinch on dried lavender

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