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Nearly every Christmas I make crackers (I know this post is probably a bit late with the whole Christmas thing), however this year I decided not to make crackers and instead make a Little Elf variation. I normally stuff a toilet roll tube with sweets, a joke and a hat. However, for the Christmas table this year I made a ‘cracker’ with just one end.

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And, to compensate for the BANG I stuffed them full of delicious treats. Everyone got white and peppermint chocolate truffles and these shortbread.

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I have to say, shortbread is probably one of, if not my favourite biscuit. I’ve tried to make shortbread before but they’ve never had that shortbready taste which makes them so unique.

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A shortbread to me should taste buttery and not overly sweet. Also, they shouldn’t taste like an ordinary vanilla biscuit.

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After looking at some recipes I realized that to get that unique taste you have to add an extra ingredient to the normal flour, sugar and butter recipe.

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And, this ingredient is rice flour. After that you can make any variation you want and add chocolate chips, brazil nuts or almond extract.

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But, because it was Christmas I decided to add cranberries.

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Ingredients:

90g cranberries
100g white chocolate (cut up into chocolate chip sized pieces)
250g unsalted butter
250g plain flour
90g sugar
90g rice flour
Pinch of salt
Recipe (The Little Elf Bakery)… makes 80-90 small biscuits

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and butter a large baking tray. Put the flour, sugar, rice flour, pinch of salt and butter (diced into small cubes) into a bowl and rub together so that all the ingredients come together to form a ball. Gently knead the cranberries and white chocolate into mixture so that they are distributed evenly.

Flour your surface and roll out the mixture (you may want to flour this as well). The mixture should be about 50mm thick. Cut out the shapes you want and put them onto the baking tray. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until they are golden brown on top.

When they are finished leave them to coll on the baking tray for about 5-7 minutes until they harden up (when you first take them out of the oven they will be soft). Sprinbkle the top with sugar. After this, put the biscuits onto a cooling rack (or eat warm), it’s up to you!

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They got the seal of approval from the family!

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