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Xmas Butter Shortbread

This Butter-Shortbread treat that will double as delicious Xmas Tree decorations. Stained-glass hearts for the Xmas tree.

Makes 24 hearts

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (makes 24 hearts):

  • 200gms Devondale unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 ½  cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1 ½ tsp mixed spice


  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees
  2. Cream the butter and sugar using beaters until light and fluffy
  3. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat in well
  4. Add the flour and fold in until well combined.
  5. Push the dough together with your hands to form a smooth ball, adding a little more flour if the dough is too sticky.
  6. Divide dough into 2 even portions and form into flat discs. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. Put one of the discs between 2 pieces of baking paper and roll out until 4mm thick.
  8. Use a 6cm star cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Carefully transfer the biscuits to an oven tray lined with baking paper.
  9. Cut the centres out on the tray using a 2cm star shape and place a boiled lolly in the centre of each hole. Pierce a hole in the top of each biscuit with the end of a 5mm piping nozzle, if you want to hang them on your Christmas tree.
  10. Bake biscuits in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes until pale golden and lollies have melted. Set aside on the tray to cool. Repeat with remaining pastry.
  11. Hang on the Christmas tree for an edible decoration.