Lemon and Cardamom Shortbread

Lemon and Cardamom Shortbread

These lemon and cardamom shortbread biscuits are a good make-ahead Christmas treat and also work as edible Christmas gifts.

Preparation time 10 mins (1 hour chill time)

Cooking time 12

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Method

1 Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and cream together using an electric hand mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy.

2 Mix in the orange zest and juice. Then add in the flours, cardamom and salt and mix until a soft dough forms. If the dough is a little bit sticky then add in a tablespoon of flour at a time till it is just right.

3 Split the dough into two and shape each one into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour minimum.

4 Preheat oven to 170C / gas 3.

5 Take the first bit of dough from the fridge, roll it out on a lightly floured surface till it is about 6mm, cut into 6cm rounds and lay on a lined baking tray.

6 Reshape the excess dough, roll out and cut again. Repeat the whole process with the second disc of dough.

7 Bake the shortbread in the hot oven for about 12 minutes or until they are lightly golden.

8 Allow the shortbread cool on the tray for about 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

9 Eat or store in an airtight container for a couple of days.