A sieve

A baking tray

A large mixing bowl

A star shaped biscuit cutter

A rolling pin


What to do

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/Gas Mark 4.


2. Dip a piece of kitchen roll in butter and rub it all over the baking tray.


3. Sift the flour into the mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub together with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.


4. Add the vanilla extract and sugar, and mix together. Then squeeze the dough into a ball with your hands.


5. Sprinkle your work surface with flour and roll the dough out to about ½ cm thick with a rolling pin.


6. Use the biscuit cutter to cut out the stars and carefully place them on the baking tray. Re-roll any leftover dough to make more biscuits.


7. Bake the shortbread for 12-15 minutes or until they’re a pale golden colour. You might need to do two batches.


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