Make these yummy shortbread stars from The Room on the Broom Cookbook

Little ones will love helping to make these scrumptious stars with this easy shortbread biscuit recipe for kids.

  • Total time

  • Prep time


  • Amount

    Makes 24 stars

  • Ingredients
    • 180g plain flour
    • 120g butter (softened and cut into cubes)
    • I teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 60g caster sugar
    • extra flour for dusting
    • extra butter for greasing


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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Discover more of Julia Donaldson's books here. 


Room on the Broom

by Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

This bestselling story of a witch and her cat, and the medley of creatures that hitch a ride on her broom isn’t just for Halloween! The witch loses her hat, bow and wand which are returned by a dog, a bird and a frog, all eager for a ride on her broom. It’s the more the merrier until the broom snaps under its heavy load - and there’s a greedy dragon looking for a snack . . .

The Room on the Broom Cookbook

by Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

The Room on the Broom Cookbook is jam-packed with spellbindingly delicious treats, healthy snacks and simple meals. From cheese wands and creepy crawly crackers to the showstopping horrible beast cake, all the recipes are inspired by the bestselling picture book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.