Saturday, February 9, 2008

Macadamia Cookie Stars

9 oz butter, softened
2/3 cup White Sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups White Wings Plain Flour
1/2 tsp MasterFoods Ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup finely chopped Ducks Macadamia Nuts
7 oz Nestle White Melts, melted, to decorate
1/2 tsp MasterFoods Ground Cinnamon, extra, to decorate
Silver cachous, to decorate

Preheat oven to 325° F. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
Place butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat until light and creamy. Add flour, cinnamon and macadamias, and stir until well combined.
Turn out mixture onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Cover in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until firm.
Place dough between two sheets of non-stick baking paper and roll out to 1/3 inch thick. Use a variety of sizes of star-shaped pastry cutters to cut out shapes.
Place shortbread on prepared trays and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked. Set aside on trays to cool.
When cool, decorate shortbread with melted White Melts. Sprinkle with cinnamon or cachous as desired.

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