The Most Wonderful Time of the Year with Raspberry Shortbread Stars

raspberry shortbread
Ahhh as everybody says (and the songs say) Christmas is 100%, cross-my-heart and hope to… consume gingerbread all year round… my absolute fave time of the year.

I mean, you really can’t go wrong.
Food? Check.
Fab company? Check.
Carols? Check.
Christmas decorating? Check.
Snow? Weeeeelllll, Australia doesn’t quite cut it now… give us 6 months and we’re so set for xmas in july, ehhh minus the snow. (note to self; experience white christmas… somewhere…)

raspberry shortbread
But what’s also a more than a little fun, is the full throttle baking seshes we get to fully go cray cray on (whilst belting out Mariah Carey ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, which reminds you of the movie Love Actually and the drummer kid… which now means you are tots in the mood to watch it now… ANYWAY back on track Bec…)
Cause, lemme just say, baking gingerbread as the christmas decorations were going up around the house totally set the whole christmassy vibe (plus meant I could chill around in the kitchen instead of messing around with them long garlands… but don’t tell mum that…)

raspberry shortbread
And whilst we’re on the track of baking (cause yeah… we never talk about baking … haha I kid), these magazines keep getting more and more  creative and keep pumping out absolute genius baking ideas! Total genius. I swear.
Last year I saw a pavlova wreath, OMG I gotta make that gorgeous thang.

Another example?
These Donna Hay Raspberry Shortbreads, cause;
a) shortbread and raspberry jam is an absolute dreeaamm. Nuff’ said.
and b) cause… well… how cute are those stars?! Christmas perrrfect.

raspberry shortbread
See, I have the problem of writing down a kazillion things I wanna make Christmas alone, and I never get round to it. (enter that insanely cool pavlova wreath). I mean, yah, I’m working my butt off a bit to earn the cash money dollah, but galz gotta do what a galz gotta do and stick to that ‘must bake list’.

So on the occasional day off, guess what?

You know… I baked from the list.
raspberry shortbread slice
No rAgrets.

RASPBERRY SHORTBREAD STARS
(recipe from Donna Hay Magazine, Celebrate, Issue 72, pg 142)

Ingredients
250g cold unsalted butter, chopped
1 cup (160g) icing sugar, sifted
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup (75g) rice flour, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (160g) raspberry jam
icing sugar for dusting

Method
1. Preheat oven to 180C (or 335F). Place the butter, icing sugar, flours, and vanilla in a food processor and process until the dough just comes together.
2. Divide the dough in half, cover one piece with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Roll out the remaining piece of dough between two sheets of non-stick baking paper to 4mm thick. Refrigerate for 30 mins or until firm.
3. Using different sized star shaped cookie cutters, cut out stars from the rolled dough, reserving left over dough. Pace the stars on a lined baking tray and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes or until firm enough to handle.
4. Combine the left over dough with the remaining chilled dough and using the back of a metal spoon, press it into the base of a lightly greased 20cm x 30cm tin lined with non-stick baking paper.
5. Spread the jam over the dough and top with the stars, overlapping them slightly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until light and golden.
6. Allow to cool completely in the tray and dust with icing sugar to serve! yum!

raspberry shortbread slice

P.S. sorry for the excess of photos… I went a little cray… you know how it is
P.P.S. how could I forget…. MERRY CHRISTMAS FRIENDS!!

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6 Comments

  1. Just beautiful, ah! I love shortbread, and this is a gorgeous way to make a little ol’ biscuit that little bit more special! Merry Christmas to you too Becca, may the year ahead be even more awesome than the last xx

    • Thank-you very much lovely Laura! :)
      it’s on the request list to be baked again ASAP 😛
      Hope you have the merriest Christmas!!
      xx

  2. Oh wow, Becca this is the most beautiful shortbread star recipe I have seen for a while! 😀
    This looks so hearty as a slice, perfect way to celebrate the most beautiful time of the year!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Thanks a bunch Uru! :)
      Ain’t nothin’ like shortbread and a hella lotta jam 😛
      Merry Christmas!!
      x

  3. Ohhh, Bec, this looks amazing! So Christmassy, I love it! :) Your new site looks amazing as well! One tip: perhaps it’d be a good idea to add a Bloglovin’ button to your sidebar? I’m still following the old Daisy and the Fox because I can’t find the new one on Bloglovin’ yet. ^^

    • Thank-you so so much!
      Oh yes, thanks for that tip :) I’ll hop to and see if i can figure that out 😀
      Hope you have the merriest Christmas!
      xx

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