Any food that is Christmas shaped is a winner for me and also I love shortbread, especially at Christmas time. I thought I’d combine these things and make some chocolate chip shortbread in cute Christmas shapes. Also notice my blogger friendly cookie cutters, those copper vibes! These did spread a bit in the oven, so take note of that if you make them. I found this recipe here.

You will need:

115g/4oz Unsalted Butter, Softened

50g/2oz Caster Sugar

175g/6oz Plain Flour

Pinch of Salt

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

100g Chocolate Chips

1. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. Add the flour, salt, vanilla and chocolate chips and stir into the creamed butter and sugar until the mixture forms a firm dough.

2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Roll out to a thickness of 1cm – the mixture will be quite short. You can use a 6cm round cutter, which you should be able to stamp 15 rounds out with, or you could use shaped cutters like I have!

3. Arrange on a baking tray, spaced slightly apart. Prick the tops with a fork and chill for 30 minutes. Whilst they are in the fridge, preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180c.

4. Bake for 15-18 minutes until lightly golden. Cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Do you like shortbread? Do you associate it with Christmas?

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