Friday, 15 November 2013

Scottish Shortbread: Make Ahead for creative cookie exchange



When I heard about the make ahead and freeze Christmas Cookie challenge I knew I would be taking part, as I love to get things organised ahead of time. These Scottish Shortbread are a family favourite and they are always in the house at Christmas time, I usually bake them and have them ready to go in the freezer and I am able to pull them if friends drop around.

250g butter(room temp)
100g icing sugar (confectionery sugar)
330g plain flour (all purpose)


Pre heat the oven to 150C / 300F


Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Gradually adding the flour in, and mix till combined.
Dust work surface with flour, knead until smooth.
For a different take I divided my batch up and added, dried cranberries, coffee, cocoa and I left one batch plain. I then rolled these into logs wrapped them in cling film then placed them in the freezer. You can just cut them into rounds and bake for 10 to 15 minuets or roll the mixture into shapes.



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30 comments:

  1. Those are beautiful, Jill! I love how versatile the dough is.

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  2. Perfect to accompany a cup of coffee. Hugs :D

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  3. I love log dough recipes. Great for making big batches of and bake whenever needed. Those cookies look so good.

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  4. What an easy and brilliant recipe, and I just love shortbread at Christmas!

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  5. These sound yummy! Will definitely be giving them a go! : )

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  6. I love all the different variations you have!!! What a great cookie for the holidays!!

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  7. Your shortbread look almost to beautiful to eat. Almost! Ha!

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  8. Wow- just three main ingredients? Sounds like the perfect dough to have in the freezer and ready to go. I love Walker's Shortbread and now am happy to try your recipe at home.

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  9. These look delicious! They would be brill to make after Christmas to use up all the left-over nuts, dried fruit etc!

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  10. Beautiful! Just the sort you'd find at a gourmet market. Thank you for sharing the how-to Jill =)

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  11. Love the snowflakes - so pretty :o)

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  12. That sounds a great idea freezing them all ready for Christmas. I love the varities too.
    Sarah x

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  13. Hmm You have reminded me to make up some gingerbread. Thank you for visiting my photo blog, BTW. I just had a bit of a browse here and I think you should enter The Great Australian Bake-off :)

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  14. I love recipes like this. Your cookies are so pretty!

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  15. Your Shortbread is very pretty and I imagine very delicious too:)

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  16. Such pretty snowflakes! I assume you have a snowflake cookie cutter? Will have to convert the grams to cups and try this recipe. I love the versatility!

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  17. Ah thank you for this, they sound great.

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  18. These are gorgeous! I love how versatile they are. I've been on a cranberry kick lately. I just might have to give this a try!

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  19. I just love how versatile this recipe is. How fantastic is it to have a selection like this in your freezer just waiting to be baked when a sweet craving hits. Shortbread is a favorite of mine, but I do find it hard to stop at just one so with this recipe I can just take out what I need.

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  20. Such an easy recipe and your variations are so creative! I love shortbread and love your photos of the different cookies on the platter.

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  21. I just realized that I haven't gotten my invitation to the annual cookie exchange this year. I sure hope my friend is hosting it.

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  22. Hi GT! Your Scottish shortbread looks lovely. It's a tradition in our family to have it at Christmas. It's my sister Donnie's "job" to do it. Each of we four sisters has a specialty. Mine is cranberry raisin pie ~ a Nova Scotian thing! I'm in the middle of baking for Thanksgiving and Christmas right now. I never thought of adding coffee or cocoa to shortbread before so now I want to try it! Your newspaper wreathes reminded me of the complicated balls my mother would make out of tissue paper at Christmas. I really, really miss my parents at this time of year! Take care!

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  23. These look really good, and easy. Must make a note of them. Thank you x

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  24. Simple shortbreads are a given for the holidays in my family too! We always make them and listen to Christmas music while rolling them out and decorating. :) so festive!

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  25. I love shortbread cookies, melt in your mouth, buttery goodness! Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Creative Cookie Exchange!!

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  26. Running behind as always! But I love that you included the option of making as a slice and bake--I have to confess I am so intimidated by roll out cookies. And I love the different flavoring options. Pinning!

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