Last year I made shortbread Santas and Stars for my family for Christmas. Here is the recipe I used which was so easy to make but so delicious.
Melted butter, to grease
250g butter, at room temperature
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
300g (2 cups) plain flour, sifted
90g (1/2 cup) rice flour, sifted
Preheat oven to 150°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter to grease. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy.
Gradually add the combined flour, beating on low speed until almost combined. Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured bench until 1cm thick (I like chunky shortbread!) and then cut out into whatever shapes you desire. Sprinkle the tops with a little caster sugar if you are not going to decorate your cookies with icing. Transfer cookies onto a baking tray and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly golden in colour. Leave to cool on the tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired.
I used a silicon icing pen to draw on santa's red hat, pants and jacket, his black boots and buttons and his white beard and hair. For the stars I just sprinkled with sugar prior to baking and dusted with a little edible glitter.
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