I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine christmas without big boxes of shortbread! Ever since I was little, I can remember the house filling up with tins of shortbread on the lead up to christmas. It was always part of gifts from family, friends, the aunties and then when we moved to our family home over 10 years ago, our wonderful next door neighbours make us a box of their amazing homemade shortbread. The day that comes over the fence is the best day in our house!
last year I decided to continue this Scottish tradition and make shortbread as gifts for friends and family. It is super easy, not too expensive and is always really appreciated.
So, I thought I would share my go to recipe for the perfect shortbread.
- 125g of good quality butter.
- 55g of caster sugar.
- 180g of plain flour.
- Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
- Add in the flour and combine into a dough.
- Flour the worktop and roll out the dough.
- Use a cutter and cut out the biscuits.
- Place on a baking sheet and use a fork to pierce holes on the top of the shortbread.
- Put in the fridge to harden for at least 20 minutes.
- While these are in the fridge, pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Once the oven is to temperature, bake the shortbread for 7-10 minutes. I tend to check after 5 minutes, but it all depends on the size of your biscuits.
- Remove from oven once golden brown.
- Let them sit for 1-2 minutes and once they are cool enough to touch, but still hot, dip into a bowl of caster sugar to coat the top.
- Let the cool and then enjoy!
They last about 1 week in an air-tight container.
And there you have it! A super easy christmas gift. I usually get nice christmassy tins, line them with tissue paper and then fill them with shortbread.