Cookies are a big part of the Christmas season and no matter where you go during the month of December you see iced, cut-out or thumbprint creations everywhere. I enjoy this season because it’s about baking and even living in a hot climate like Los Angeles – I do love the smell of something warm rising in my oven.
Cookies can be traditional or more exotic, whether you are trying to recreate something from your family’s heritage, or a whimsical masterpiece of your own – cookies are loved. Unlike most desserts, you can eat cookies on the run, at a party or pack them up beautifully in a tin for friends – they are pretty easy on any occasion to enjoy.
Shortbread are traditionally British, but I am not British – I just love the crumbly sensation in my mouth when I bite into a buttery biscuit. This recipe is unique because I use ground oats for an extra hint of something special, and there’s no need to run out and buy a special flour – you just grind up some rolled oats in a blender.
These wedge shaped cookies are dusted with holiday sprinkles for a hint of red and green, but you can easily switch it up and go blue, purple or yellow if that’s the theme you choose – even plain is fancy enough. So, happy holidays and enjoy these Oaty Shortbread with a warm cup of tea or a glass of champagne to celebrate the season.
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
pinch of salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extra
sprinkles to decorate
(Makes 8-inch Round)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a stand mixer or large bowl, combine flour, oats and salt – stir.
- Add butter and vanilla and mix on low until combined, about 1 minute.
- Press into an 8-inch cake or springform pan and using a knife, slice into wedges (you can cut them as wide as you like). Dust with sprinkles and press to adhere to dough.
- Bake for 10 minutes, reduce temperature to 250 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes more.
- Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Slice perforated marks into wedges and serve or store in an airtight container for up to several days. Enjoy!