I love the warm spices of Christmas, the gentle cosy hug of cinnamon, ginger and mixed spice. Not only do they make the house smell of Christmas while baking but they also make me feel like everything is right with the world. Well maybe that’s a bit much, but there’s definitely something emotionally warming with the subtle winters spices.
Since shortbread is such a great carrier of flavour and makes really yummy little biscuits I thought some spiced shortbread would go down a treat. I’ve made these extra Christmassy with red sprinkles and cut into bite sized morsels. They little sweet bites are perfect as a little snack with coffee, drinks or tea, or even as a homemade present. I think even Father Christmas might even like a few when he visits on Christmas Eve 🙂
Christmas Spiced Mini Shortbread Bites
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)
makes about 20
225g plain flour
75g soft brown sugar
150g dairy-free margarine
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1/4 tsp salt
Christmassy sprinkles [optional]
- Heat the oven to 160 degrees centigrade/Gas mark 3
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment – Stir the sugar, spices and salt into the flour.
- Rub in the margarine with your fingertips (you need a light tough with shortbread). Squeeze together to form a crumbly dough.
- Roll out and then cover with the sprinkles. Roll out a little more and stamp out or cut out shapes. Place on the baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack.