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Spiced Christmas tree butter shortbread recipe

Spiced Christmas tree butter shortbread recipe

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For an easy Christmas baking idea, try this spiced Christmas tree butter shortbread. Classic buttery shortbread is given a festive makeover with fragrant spices and a drizzle of white chocolate for a simple Christmassy sweet treat or edible gift idea. See method

  • Makes 12-14
  • 20 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 217 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 100g caster sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp mixed spice
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom or 2 pods, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 250g plain flour

For the icing

  • 100g white chocolate
  • edible silver pearls, to decorate
If you don't have any pears, try using apples

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    12g 17%
  • Saturates

    7g 37%
  • Sugars

    12g 13%
  • Salt

    0g 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 24.7g Protein 2.4g Fibre 0.8g


  1. Put the sugar, butter and spices into a large mixing bowl and use a wooden spoon to beat them together to cream the butter and create a smooth mixture. Add the flour and mix together. Use your hands to bring together into a dough and gently knead until smooth.
  2. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to just under 1cm thick. Use a 5cm Christmas tree cookie cutter to stamp out biscuits, re-rolling the offcuts until you have 12.
  3. Space out on 2 baking trays lined with nonstick baking paper and chill for 40 mins. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C.
  4. Bake for 15-18 mins until pale golden and they smell like biscuits. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 mins, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the icing, break the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and set it over a pan of just simmering water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally. Spoon the melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag and snip off the very tip. Pipe the chocolate over in a zig-zag across each biscuit tree like tinsel. Carefully stick silver pearls into the icing on each tree like baubles. Leave to set for at least 1 hr.

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