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Angel-shaped shortbread cookies recipe

Angel-shaped shortbread cookies recipe

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An excellent festive treat for the whole family at Christmas, these shortbread cookies couldn't be simpler to make. The only tools you'll need are an angel-shaped cookie cutter and something pointy enough to bore two small holes in the centre of each cookie's wings. See method

  • Makes roughly 10-12
  • 20 mins to prepare, 60 mins to chill and 25 mins to cook
  • 304 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • a little plain flour, for dusting
  • 50g cornflour
  • 250g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 75g icing sugar
  • ½tsp salt
  • 4tbsp caster sugar

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    17g 24%
  • Saturates

    10g 50%
  • Sugars

    12g 13%
  • Salt

    0.2g 3%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 33.9g Protein 2.5g Fibre 1.1g


  1. Pulse together the flour, cornflour, salt, icing sugar and butter in a food processor until it comes together to form a dough in the machine. Remove the dough, knead gently and form into a ball. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 60 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 180° C.
  3. Remove from the fridge and roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1cm thickness. Cut out shapes from the dough using an angel-shaped cookie cutter. Grease and line 2 baking trays. Arrange on the baking trays spaced apart then bake for 12-15 minutes until they just start to colour. Remove from the oven and sprinkle immediately with the caster sugar.
  4. Allow them to cool on the sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Bore two small holes in the cookies in the centre of the wings (roughly between the wings) and thread ribbon through the holes, tying securely behind them. Serve on nonstick baking paper. 

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