Shortbread Buttons

Christmas cookies are not really a tradition in Australia (nor is use of the term “cookie”), but they do make shortbread here, so why not combine 2 traditions? With only 6 ingredients and one bowl, these are so remarkably simple to make and there’s barely any washing up to do! The whole recipe, from start to finish, will take you all of 20 minutes. I halved the recipe for our small household, but have posted the version that makes 2 batches. Enjoy!

Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup (250g) butter, softened
1.5 cups (180g) plain flour
1/3 cup (90g) white sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/3 cup chocolate chips
food coloring of your choice*

Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Line cookie sheets with baking paper.
2. Using an electric mixer, mix all ingredients except for the chocolate chips.
3. When everything is well combined, make the cookies into small balls and smoosh them flat on the cookie sheet.
4. Place 4 chocolate chips on each circle.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms are slightly brown. Don’t cook it too long or they’ll dry out.

*For the food coloring, note that the dough is naturally a bit yellow, so mix your colors accordingly. To get green, I mixed green food coloring with some additional blue to counter the yellow.

(Inspired by Uncle Bill’s Whipped Shortbread Cookies: http://allrecipes.com.au/recipe/9350/uncle-bill-s-whipped-shortbread-cookies.aspx)