Christmas tree Shortbread cookies

Hello dearest readers! Here are some Christmas shortbread cookies which are sure to get you into the season! They’re colourful and fun and fill you with that warm Christmas fuzzy feeling too! The sweet icing goes perfectly with the almond shortbread.

A Christmas cookie cutter is essential though! And there are many available at this time of the year, usually as a set. Cookie cutters definitely make cookie-making-time much more fun!

Christmas tree Shortbread cookies

Shortbread cookies: 1 ź cups plain flour, ž cup almond meal, 125g butter softened, chopped, 1/3 cup icing sugar, 1 egg, 1 tbsp milk
Icing: 1 eggwhite, 1 ˝ cups icing sugar, food colouring- green

Steps: To make cookies: process the flour, almond meal, butter, icing sugar, egg and milk until well combined. Then knead the dough into a ball on a lightly floured surface. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough out between two sheets of baking paper until a 5 mm thickness. Cut Christmas tree shapes from the dough using a cookie cutter and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper, 3 cm apart.

Bake in a moderate oven, 180 degrees Celsius for 8-10 minutes. Leave to cool on wire racks. Spread biscuits with icing when cold

To make icing: beat 1 egg white in a small bowl with electric mixer until just frothy then gradually add sifted icing sugar until mixture forms stiff peaks. Tint the icing with 3-4 drops of green food dye, then spread the icing onto the cooled biscuits.

Makes about 40

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