Green Christmas tree shortbread recipe
- 190g butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 tsp green food colouring
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cups plain flour
- Cachous, sprinkles to decorate
- Cookie press
Preheat oven to 200C or 190C fan-forced.
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, it will lighten in colour slightly.
Then, add the egg yolk along with essence and colouring and whip well until colour is well distributed.
Lastly add the baking powder and plain flour and mix well. It should form a soft dough, it should be the consistency of thickened cream. If it's a bit stiff add some milk until it is soft and cream-like.
Fix the top part of the cookie press together and ensure the 'pusher' (i.e. the disc that pushes the dough down) is at the highest setting so you can fit as much dough as possible. Fix your template disk in (the tree is in all cookie press kits) and screw the bottom on.
Click a few times until the dough is compacted in the tube and full biscuit shape comes out.
You don't need to grease your baking trays - there is enough butter in the dough, turn the press onto the tray and do a full squeeze of the handle (i.e. as hard as you can).
Place on the cachous or sprinkles wherever you like - this is a great job for the kids!
Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes - keep an eye on them!
- Cookie presses are quite inexpensive - around $20 they come with many discs/patterns.
- Cookie presses are so much fun, the kids may not even get a look in!
- This recipe is a keeper - it makes 60 cookies takes a total of 40 minutes - making it cheap, and QUICK.
- This recipe was written by Melissa Klemke for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.