Shortbread is THE festive treat. It's extremely easy to make and this recipe is tried, tested, much loved, and much requested.

1 cup icing sugar

1 cup cornstarch

1 lb butter (room temperature)

4 cups flour

Cream together sugar, cornstarch and butter.

Add 3 3/4 cups flour and mix well.

Place on floured counter, knead until dough cracks.

Cut it up however you like.

Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and bake at 325º until cookies begin to turn golden brown.

THAT'S IT!

Drooling yet?

This recipe is perfect - the cookies are delish and the recipe makes about eleventy million (about 50, in layman's terms) of them. It doubles and halves well. My favourite way to decorate them is to dip them in dark chocolate and then sprinkle them with candy cane bits.

Get baking!

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