1:35

To Prep

0:10

To Cook

11

INGREDIENTS

CAPABLE COOKS

DIFFICULTY

25

MAKES

5

AVG RATING

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Spiced shortbread stars

Ingredients
  • 200g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 2/3 cups (250g) plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 eggwhite
  • 1 teaspoon brandy
  • 1/2 cup (80g) pure icing sugar
  • Gold cachous, to decorate
    • Method
    1. Step 1

      Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar in a medium bowl until pale and creamy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition until just combined. Add flour, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves, and stir to combine.

    2. Step 2

      Shape dough into a disc and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 1 hour.

    3. Step 3

      Preheat oven to 180°C. Line two oven trays with baking paper. Roll out dough between two sheets of plastic wrap to a 5mm-thick disc. (If dough is quite soft refrigerate for 30 minutes.) Use a 7mm-diameter star-shaped cutter to cut out biscuits and place on lined trays. Bake, swapping trays halfway through cooking, for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside on trays for 10 minutes to cool before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

    4. Step 4

      Combine the eggwhite and brandy in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in enough sifted icing sugar to make a thin glaze. Brush biscuits with glaze, decorate with cachous if desired, then place on a wire rack to set. Store in an airtight container between layers of paper towel.