Thursday, 12 December 2013

Naughty Shortbread

NN 2013 Shortbread Desc

Loving Lunches and The Kids Menu have teamed up to give your classic Christmas recipes a Naughty or Nice makeover.  We have a new Naughty and Nice recipe for each day of the week - So whether you're Naughty or Nice this Christmas, we've got recipes for you!

There's something about shortbread that just says 'Christmas' to me. And I'm a little ashamed to say the first time I tried to make it was last year and it was a flop. I should have just asked Mum for her recipe back then. I didn't realise how simple and easy it was to make - guess what's being crossed off the shopping list now?!?

Mum's original recipe calls for:
  • 4 ounces (roughly 114g) butter
  • 3 TBsp icing sugar
  • 1 cup SR flour

Mix well, roll into balls, flatten with a fork (or press a glace cherry on top) and bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.

Again I chose a recipe that consists mainly of fat & sugar. I'm beginning to think my entire recipe collection needs a redux :-) In this batch I  mixed in 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and rolled out with *lots* of extra plain flour. This particular recipe isn't great for using cookie cutters.

This batch I added 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder.

Roll & cut. You can of course enlist a little help here.

Lay on a lined tray & bake at 180 degrees until starting to turn golden. A little over 10 minutes for this size.

I remember seeing the idea of using a muffin tray to keep your biscuits all the same size somewhere on the inter-webs so thought I'd give it a try. It sort of worked.

Next question, is there anything else I could possibly do to make these even naughtier? Well, yes. Sandwich them together with some Top N Fill (caramel) and roll in granulated peanuts. Not quite the Snickers shortbread I had in mind, but still rather scrummy!

{EDIT: I made these again. Adding choc drops makes it difficult to press flat. Adding plum jam *and* choc drops to the peanut butter mix is genius!}

Check these out in my Season's Eatings lunch in tonight's Bento Bloggers & Friends Blog hop.

Now hop on over to The Kids Menu to see the Nice Version, and don't forget to come back tomorrow for more Naughty-ness

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches. No product was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, based on personal experience with the product.

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