Wednesday, December 12, 2012

the christmas collection 2012 - macadamia shortbread stars

A few weeks ago I dragged out the Christmas baubles as it was time to start shooting this year's Christmas Collection.

macadamia shortbread stars

This year's Collection is a mixture of old favourites and some new finds. These shortbread stars were essentially a way to use up leftovers I had lurking in my freezer. Do you remember the caramel macadamia cheesecake I made a few weeks ago? These shortbread stars are made from the leftover shortbread base I had stored in my freezer.

macadamia shortbread stars

You'll notice there's a definite star theme going on this year. I'll have to invest in some new Christmas themed cutters because I must have at least 5 or 6 star shaped cutters and not much else.

macadamia shortbread stars

I decided to fashion them into an edible garland.

xmas 2012

I also used the mixture to make some little shortbread hearts which I sandwiched together with a blob of jam.

Here's the recipe for you.

Macadamia Shortbread Stars printable version

100 g (3 1/2 oz) unsalted butter
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup finely ground toasted macadamia nuts
3/4 cup plain flour
icing sugar

In a food processor combine all the ingredients together until a soft dough forms around the blade.
Otherwise in a small bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and creamy. Add the flour and the ground macadamia nuts and combine until a soft dough forms.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 170° C/325ยบ F and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of greaseproof paper to about 3 mm.
Using a star shaped cutter, cut out star shapes. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue to cut out stars.
Place the stars onto the trays leaving about 2 cm between each star to allow for spreading.
Bake for about 10 - 15 minutes or until the stars are lightly coloured.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before placing on a wire rack. If desired, make small holes in the shortbread with a skewer so they can be strung.
When the stars are cool, lightly sprinkle with icing sugar.
Makes about 2 dozen but the number made will depend on the size of the star cutter.

I'll be back again next week with a daily new Christmas treat for you including the recipe for those cute little lemon cranberry bundt cakes.

See you all again next week,



  1. Juliana1:21 a.m.

    I can't wait for the recipe for the little lemon cranberry bundt cakes. They look lovely!

  2. Hi Juliana,

    I'll post the recipe on Monday. Will be chained to the computer all w/e writing 5 posts as next week I'll be heading home to Brisbane.


  3. Oh ils ont l'air magnifique! J'adore!
    Douce nuit.

  4. Thanks for the sweet comment,