Christmas baking is a tradition in our family as with many families across the world. Every year my mum would start baking one-two months in advance to fill the freezer with sweet delights! Boxes and containers filled with cookies and chocolates, tray bakes and sweets. My dad would sit and be her official taste tester along the way :) Come Christmas time festive boxes and trays were delivered to friends, her church and every christmas eve we would take a large tray to my Aunt to visit whilst the infamous shaw Yule Log played on the tv.
The list of treats she would make vary a bit each year but my all-time favourite has to be her shortbread cookies. Not like the traditional Scottish shortbread tablets, but soft, fluffy, sugary, melt in your mouth bundles of happiness topped with a sweet.
Makes 20 small cookies.
1/2 cup cornflour (cornstarch)
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 cup self raising (all purpose) flour
3/4 cup unsalted butter
Sift together cornflour, sugar & flour into bowl
With pastry cutter, wooden spoon or your fingertips lightly blend in butter until a soft dough forms
do not over work
Shape into balls or use a cookie press to make shapes
Top each (if you like) with any type of treat - pecan half, gummy treat, glazed cherry, chocolate... up to you
Bake at 300deg for 15-20 min