Christmas Holly Shortbread

Challenge number 3 in our 12 Days of Christmas DIY Challenges is to make a fun Christmas party snack using only basic ingredients you have in your house.

I wanted to keep this as simple as possible - and something that could be made at the last minute too!

I used a basic traditional Shortbread recipe and simple added a little food colouring.

So only 4 ingredients are needed for this fun Christmas Snack:
250g (9 oz) plain flour
75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
175g (6oz) butter
red and green colouring

Here's how to make your own Christmas Holly Shortbread.

Mix the caster sugar with the flour, then cut the butter into small chunks 
and rub into the flour mixture with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. 

Divide this between two bowls and add a few drops of red colouring to one bowl and a few drops of green food coloring to the other.

Mix with a knife, then use your hands to knead together into a dough.

Roll each dough out and cut into shapes. I just used a knife and cut the holly leaves freehand. I used a small flower shaped cutter and a plastic scoup to cut the berries. 
Placed them all on baking trays.

Bake at 160C (325F) or Gas Mark 3
for 25-30 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack..

And serve up your super simple and quick Christmas Holly  Shortbread to your guests!

To see the video setting this challenge, and other ideas for fun Christmas Party snacks made using basic ingredients you have in your home, go to this post, where you can also link up your own recipes and ideas to the linky party there!


For 12 days starting on November 2nd we will set a challenge a day to create something for Christmas using just the resources you have on hand. 
The idea is to show that Christmas Shouldn't Cost the Earth. If you're reading this, chances are you love to craft, but why not craft with the resources we have on hand - let's get creative!

Each day a challenge will be set by means of a video and blog posts giving some suggested ideas and crafts. These posts will also contain a linky party for anyone and everyone who wants to join in to link up their projects - both past and present, that answer the challenge.  The linky party can be found on all our blogs and we'll  try and come up with different ideas and tutorials for the challenges too. So please to visit us all, and then share your ideas with us as well! We're looking forward to seeing how these challenge are met!

Ready, Steady....Let's Christmas Craft!

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  1. Oh my gosh, Jill, this is the prettiest idea!!! What a fun way to complete the challenge. I am pinning because it's brilllliant!

    1. Thanks Michelle! It's funny to eat because it really doesn't look like shortbread - more like play dough!! Tastes good though!!

  2. I love your cute holly short bread Jill! Thanks for sharing this at C&C with J&J.

  3. I SO pinned this!! Sounds delicious and looks adorable!! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  4. Those look so yummy, shortbread is one of my absolute favorites! Thanks for linking up with us at Waste Not Wednesdays!


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