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Friday, January 4, 2013

Holiday event and shortbread cookies.

Shortbread Cookies recipe

My sons pre school hosted a Christmas advent event few weeks ago for the kids and we parents.The event was at a forest.
Though the temperatures were freezing we decided to attend as we have to get used to it else we would miss out on things.
Each family was asked to get some sort of finger food. Normally we would have just bought cakes etc from the store for such events.. but since I now have the luxury of time ...well almost which depends of how lil miss P naps, I decided to bake something myself. Shortbread cookies seemed apt as they are pretty quick to make n kids like them. You never know if any of the kids might be allergic to nuts. So I went for no nuts to be on the safer side, else ground almonds are a good choice.

The event was fun and we had a nice time. It wasnt as cold as we had expected. The kids lit candles and sang the candle song they had been praticing at school.
The cookies didn't last long and I was very glad that my son enjoyed them the most!

Shortbread Cookies:

Adapted from here. 

Makes around 40 medium sized cookies.

3 cups (510 grams) plain flour 
a pinch of salt
226 gms unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup 100 g powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix the flour and salt and keep aside.
Beat the butter and sugar until a creamy mixture with a hand blender or spoon. Add vanilla extract and mix.
Now fold in the flour in the butter mixture until a soft but firm dough forms. Refrigerate for an hour or 2.
Roll the dough into a disc or roti of quarter f an inch thick and cut out shapes using cookie cutter of your choice.

Place them a baking sheet and chill in fridge for 15 mins. This helps them retain shape.
Bake at 180 degrees in a preheated oven on middle rack for 15 mins. Cool on rack.
When done the cookies may seem soft but will harden once cool.


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