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Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars {Gluten Free}

Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread, smothered in sweet, fruity jam and topped with even more buttery goodness in the form of shortbread streusel. These Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars are the most delicious cookie bar you will ever eat. They are gluten free, ridiculously quick and easy to make, and so yummy you won’t believe it! Don’t need to eat gluten free? No worries, one simple substitution means you don’t have to go out of your way to buy gluten free flour! These Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars are the perfect Mother’s Day treat, and you can use your favourite flavour jam!

Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars - Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread, smothered in sweet, fruity jam and topped with even more buttery goodness in the form of shortbread streusel. These Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars are the most delicious cookie bar you will ever eat. They are gluten free, ridiculously quick and easy to make, and so yummy you won’t believe it!

Peach vodka, fresh raspberry syrup and champagne are combined to make this gorgeous Mother’s Day Raspberry Peach Champagne Cocktail. Sweet, bubbly and full of fresh, fruity flavours, this is the perfect cocktail to serve at a Mother’s Day brunch or any special occasion. Don’t have peach vodka to hand? No problem, I have an easy substitute for you! So raise a glass and let’s call a toast the wonderful Mother figures in our lives.

Mother’s Day Champagne Cocktail

When I asked my mum what she wanted me to make for Mother’s Day, she said a cocktail and something with shortbread! I’ve already shared the amazing Champagne Cocktail that I made for her, and now it’s time for the shortbread to take the spotlight. She has given up chocolate for March (aka torture) so something sweet and fruity it was! I got the inspiration for these Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars when I was in Tesco, lusting over a packet of Jammie Dodgers – a classic British biscuit (*ahem* cookie) that is jam sandwiched between shortbread! I’ve made my own homemade version of Jammie Dodgers before, which are so good, but I took the idea to the next level with these Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars.

Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars - Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread, smothered in sweet, fruity jam and topped with even more buttery goodness in the form of shortbread streusel. These Jam Shortbread Cookie Bars are the most delicious cookie bar you will ever eat. They are gluten free, ridiculously quick and easy to make, and so yummy you won’t believe it! Continue reading →

Sweet and Spicy Shortbread Cookies

These shortbread cookies will satisfy all of your sweet and spicy cravings. You will love the crumbly, melt in your mouth shortbread flavoured with spicy cayenne pepper and zingy lime. Then you dip the cookies in chocolate to really indulge your tastebuds. Sprinkle with lime zest for an extra tasty kick. Chocolate dipped chili and lime shortbread cookies are so quick and easy to make, you’ll love making them and you’ll love eating them even more!

Sweet and Spicy Shortbread Cookies - crumbly, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies are flavoured with spicy cayenne pepper and zesty lime, then dipped in chocolate for extra indulgence. These easy to make chocolate dipped chili lime shortbread cookies are sure to satisfy everyone!

Summer officially starts next week apparently, you wouldn’t know it in London though. The last couple of weeks have been so wet and miserable… actually, that sounds A LOT like a British summer! The worst part it is still warm out, so being outside is very unpleasant. I love going for walks around my new neighbourhood because the area I live in is so pretty. I’ve just wanted to stay inside as much as possible tately to avoid that thick, wet air! Luckily, there’s plenty to keep me busy inside, like baking these amazing shortbread cookies. Although I knew these little cookies were gonna be good (sweet and spicy is just my fave!) even I was blown away by the taste! recently started yoga which is keeping me active inside, I’m not very good at it but I hope it’s at least burning off some of the delicious shortbread calories!

Sweet and Spicy Shortbread Cookies - crumbly, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies are flavoured with spicy cayenne pepper and zesty lime, then dipped in chocolate for extra indulgence. These easy to make chocolate dipped chili lime shortbread cookies are sure to satisfy everyone!

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Espresso and Butterscotch Viennese Whirls

Melt in your mouth buttery shortbread, flavoured with freshly brewed espresso, sandwiched together with homemade butterscotch sauce and espresso buttercream. These delicate Viennese Whirls are full of flavour, quick and easy to make and taste absolutely divine. Once you try the flavours of coffee and butterscotch together, you’ll wonder where it has been all your life!

Espresso and Butterscotch Viennese Whirls - Melt in your mouth buttery shortbread, flavoured with freshly brewed espresso, sandwiched together with homemade butterscotch sauce and espresso buttercream. The delicate cookies are full of flavour, quick and easy to make and taste absolutely divine. Once you try the flavours of coffee and butterscotch together, you'll wonder why you've never tried it before!

Coffee and butterscotch might seem like a somewhat odd combination when you first see it, but just think about it – the deep, richly bitter flavour of espresso combined with the rich, buttery, caramelly goodness of butterscotch? Starting to sound irresistable now? Trust me, it is! I first tried this combination in a milkshake from Ed’s Diners (it’s an American themed diner here in the UK, they’re pretty good) and you can combine any flavours together and one day I went with coffee and butterscotch – and boy am I glad I did! You guys, it’s sooooo good! I KNEW I needed to bake that drool worthy combo together ASAP. I circled through a lot of ideas before finally landing on these amazing Espresso and Butterscotch Viennese Whirls!

Espresso and Butterscotch Viennese Whirls - Melt in your mouth buttery shortbread, flavoured with freshly brewed espresso, sandwiched together with homemade butterscotch sauce and espresso buttercream. The delicate cookies are full of flavour, quick and easy to make and taste absolutely divine. Once you try the flavours of coffee and butterscotch together, you'll wonder why you've never tried it before!

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Homemade Jammie Dodgers

Soft, buttery shortbread sandwiched with homemade strawberry jam! A homemade version of the classic British snack, beloved by many – including the Eleventh Doctor! These are Britain’s answer to the Linzer Cookie

Homemade Jammie Dodgers by Giraffes Can Bake - Buttery shortbread cookies sandwiched with homemade Strawberry Jam. The classic British snack, beloved by the Eleventh Doctor. Britain's answer to the Linzer Cookie

There are a few things that Britain takes pride in, usually they are things most people might find odd – like our ability to queue for anything and everything, we take queuing etiquette very seriously. One thing we rightfully take pride in is our biscuits – nothing beats a British biscuit! From the tough cookie HobNob to the beloved Custard Cream, and everything in between – we love our biscuits! Of course, these are not to be confused with what American’s call biscuits, when a Brit says “biscuit” we mean a cookie. I’ve picked up many Americanisms over the last few years, having an American best friend will do that to a person,  and I’ll refer to lots of things as “cookies” – but the British classics? They will always be biscuits – a custard cream, a jammie dodger, a chocolate bourbon, a rich tea – always biscuits! 

Homemade Jammie Dodgers by Giraffes Can Bake - Buttery shortbread cookies sandwiched with homemade Strawberry Jam. The classic British snack, beloved by the Eleventh Doctor. Britain's answer to the Linzer Cookie

 

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Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies

These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They’re the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa! 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

It’s already day six of my Countdown ’til Christmas, Santa is going to be here before we know it! So today I bring you these yummy frosted shortbread Christmas cookies – perfect to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. For Countdown ’til Christmas I’ve been posting a festive recipe a day up until Christmas Eve. Day 1 was Spiced Caramel, Day 2 was a Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake, Day 3 was Peppermint Puppy Chow, Day 4 was Mince Pies and Day 5 was Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake.

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

Do you have many Christmas traditions with your family? My traditions these days involve splitting my Christmases between the UK and the US, which is nice but it’s always sad to be away from people you care about at Christmas which I inevitably am! Leaving cookies out for Santa is a simple tradition, but I think it’s one a lot of people like to do with their kids. And of course you can’t forget about the glass of milk to wash it down with and some carrots for the hard working reindeer – who, fun fact, are actually all female if the countless drawings, displays, movies and stories are to be believed! Female reindeer keep their antlers during the winter but males shed them. 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

As well as the fun of leaving a little gift for Santa and his reindeer, actually making these Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies with your kids can be a lot of fun and a great tradition to pass down. And these cookies are great for that, because they’re nice and easy to make and can be decorate however you like! I kept it simple with festive coloured frostings and sprinkles, but the possibilities are endless! You can even add some festive flavours, like cinnamon or orange. 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

They’re so yummy too, so saving some for Santa might require hiding a couple away until everybody is going to bed! You, of course, then get to do the fun part of pretending to be Santa and eating up the cookies! One of the perks of being a parent, I’m sure! Not that I’m saying Santa isn’t real…. 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

Of course, you don’t have to share these with Santa! You can make them for your family, for your Christmas party or to give as gifts (I would only give these ones as gifts that you can hand deliver, they won’t ship well). This is my first time making frosted cookies and I’m definitely a convert, shortbread is my favourite type of cookie hands down and I didn’t think they needed anything else, they shine on their own! But I decided to frost them to make them more festive looking and I’m glad they did, while they still shine beautifully on their own the frosting is just a yummy addition! 

Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies - These Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies are buttery and sweet, and so easy to make. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids and leave out for Santa!

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Frosted Shortbread Christmas Cookies
Yields 16
Yummy, buttery shortbread cookies with buttercream frosting and festive sprinkles! Santa will love them!
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For the shortbread
  1. 250g unsalted butter, softened but not melted
  2. 60g Icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  3. 300g plain flour (all purpose flour)
  4. 50g cornflour (cornstarch)
For the buttercream
  1. 100g unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 200g icing sugar
  3. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  4. Red and green food colourings, preferably gel colourings
  5. Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Put all the shortbread ingredients in a bowl and beat together until all combined and smooth. You may need to use your hands to gently need it into a dough towards to end.
  2. Roll the dough into a large ball and flatten into a thick disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  3. Preheat oven to 190C/375F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Roll out the dough until about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out cookies with a round cookie cutter, use whatever size you want your cookies they won't spread. Obviously the smaller the cookies the more you'll get and vice versa
  5. Transfer cookies to the cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are light golden brown and the cookies are set to touch.
  6. Cool on tray for 5 minutes and then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies are very delicate when warm, so be careful not to break them.
  7. To make the frosting, add the butter, sugar and vanilla to a bowl and beat together. If using an electric or stand mixer, start off on a slow speed so your kitchen doesn't end up covered in a fine layer of icing sugar! Beat until combined, then increase speed and beat until light and fluffy.
  8. Separate the frosting into three bowls. Add green dye to one bowl and red to another, leaving the last bowl white. Gel food dye is best for this as you'll need to use much less dye, add a little at a time until you have your desired colour.
  9. Spread the frosting on the cooled cookies using an offset spatula or the back side of a spoon. The cookies are much more sturdy once they're cooled, but they're still pretty delicate so use a gentle hand.
  10. Add sprinkles and any other desired decorations
Notes
  1. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days
  2. Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon to the shortbread mixture for a festive kick
  3. This recipe yielded 16 cookies for me, but how many you get will depend on how thick you roll the dough and how big your cookie cutters are.
  4. Recipe is easily doubled.
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