As sweet as shortbread


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Fancy going for the handmade or homemade touch this Valentine’s Day?  How about some easy shortbread treats?  Make it romantic with a heart cutter or just go to the effort of making something yourself, and just think of the brownie points you will get for a maximum of an hours effort!

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What you need . . .

– 8oz self raising flour
– 8oz soft margarine
– 4oz icing sugar
– 4oz cornflour
– 1tsp baking powder

What you need to do . . .

1. Cream together your icing sugar and margarine

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2. Add cornflour, flour and baking powder

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3. Mix together until crumbly and then forming into dough, you will need to use your hands to combine the dough together

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Get your hands in.

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4. Roll out and cut into shape on a slightly floured surface, not too much flour or it will dry out your dough, don’t forget to put a little flour on your rolling pin too (or wine bottle if you have no rolling pin)

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You want to roll it to about this thickness.

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As you can see if you have little ones at home they will love getting involved.

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5. Place on a baking tray with greaseproof paper or a little flour on the tray and bake at 180oC for about 10 – 15 minutes until golden brown (depending on the size and thickness)

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If you are making any small hearts make sure to keep an eye on them as they can burn easily and quickly.

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Lift them out of the oven when they are golden brown and leave on the tray for about 5 minutes, they will start to harden a bit then carefully move them to cool on a wire rack. However if they haven’t really hardened then put them back in the oven for a couple of minutes and repeat the process I said.

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6. Once cooked sprinkle with caster sugar and leave to cool or once cooled fill the middle of 2 biscuits with jam or Nutella and sprinkle with icing sugar.

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And there you have it, quick and easy to make, they look good and taste even better!

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