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Shortbread Christmas trees
Shortbread Christmas trees 4.3-5 9
  • Calories: 3352 kj
  • Fat: 45.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 91.7g

How to Make:

  1. Process butter, sugar, flours and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor, stopping and scraping down sides with a spatula, if needed, until dough just comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently to combine.
  2. Divide dough in half. Shape into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until just firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 170C/150C fan-forced. Grease 4 large baking trays. Line with baking paper.
  4. Roll out 1 portion of dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until 3mm thick. Using 7.5cm star-shaped cutter, cut 8 stars from dough. Repeat with 7cm star-shaped cutter, re-rolling and cutting dough trimmings. Place stars, 2cm apart, on 2 prepared trays. Bake, 1 tray at a time, for 10 minutes or until just firm to touch, but not browned. Stand on trays for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Repeat with remaining dough, cutting 8 x 6cm stars, 8 x 5.5cm stars, 8 x 4.5cm stars and 8 x 2.5cm stars from dough, re-rolling and cutting dough trimmings. Place on prepared trays, except smallest stars. Bake, 1 tray at a time, for 10 minutes or until just firm to touch, but not browned, adding smallest stars halfway through cooking. Stand on trays for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Place white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100%), stirring with a metal spoon after 30 seconds, for 1 minute or until smooth. Stand for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  7. Spoon 1/3 of the chocolate into a snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner. Using picture as a guide, pipe small dots of chocolate onto points of each star. Decorate with cachous, pressing gently to secure. Stand for 5 minutes or until set.
  8. Place 4 of the large stars on a sheet of baking paper. Spoon a little of the remaining chocolate in the centre of each star (re-melting chocolate, if needed). Top with another same-sized star, rotating the star so the points sit at a different angle to the first star (see picture for guide). Repeat layering with more chocolate and remaining stars (except for the smallest stars) to form 4 Christmas trees.
  9. Spoon chocolate on top of Christmas trees. Using picture as a guide, and working with 1 tree at a time, stand 2 small stars on top of each tree, pressing gently to secure. Pipe any remaining chocolate on trees, allowing chocolate to drizzle down trees in a decorative pattern. Set aside for 20 minutes or until set. Dust liberally with icing sugar. Serve.
Time for preparing:
40 min.
Servings:
4 trees

Ingredients:

  • 200g unsalted butter, chilled, chopped
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 100g white chocolate, chopped
  • Silver cachous, to decorate
  • Icing sugar mixture, to decorate
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