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Shortbreads are everywhere at this time of year, and even if you are not into the baking thing these little biscuits just say Christmas and are so easy to make that there really is no reason not to make them. The dough is very forgiving and when you cut out the shapes you can bring the scraps altogether again and roll out for the next batch.

Walnut Shortbreads

1/2 cup of toasted ground walnuts
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted, cold butter cut into cubes
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk

To begin preheat the oven to 180C / 350F.
In a bowl sift the flour and salt. In another bowl beat the butter and sugar until nice and fluffy, to this add the egg yolk and mix in until completely combined. Add the dry ingredients along with the walnuts and mix to just combined. Wrap into some cling film and refrigerate. The dough might seem very crumbly but after about half an hour in the fridge it will come together, you just have to help it along by kneading it a little.
Dust a little flour onto surface and roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out your shapes and transfer onto a lined cookie sheet. You can sprinkle with coarse sugar or little sugar balls–whatever you prefer, really.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden.029

Lavender Lemon Shortbreads

2 tsp lavender,crushed
2/3 cup sugar
2tbs grated lemon zest
2cups flour
1cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
6 tbs heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 180C /350F
In a bowl combine the sugar with the lavender and lemon zest. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda beating until it resembles cornmeal. To this add the vanilla and cream and beat until it all clumps together.
Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes or so.
Lightly flour your surface and roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thick. Cut out the shapes and transfer to a lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with coarse sugar or anything else that you fancy. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just golden.
Take out of the oven, put the kettle on while you are waiting for them to cool, make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy!!

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