It's not always easy to keep up financially with the holidays. Although I love giving people gifts and putting a smile on my friends and family members faces, my thoughtful nature can get quiet expensive if I'm buying everyone gifts. That is why during the holidays I love to bake! Putting your efforts towards spreading holiday cheer through making something can often be the perfect gift to share with loved ones. One of my go - to holiday gifts this year are these super cute peek-a-boo shortbread snowflakes. I filled mine with my favourite jam, Bonne Maman but you can use Nutella, Dulce De Leche, or whatever filling you like! Enjoy!
1 Cup of unsalted softened butter
3/4 Cup of Icing Sugar
1/2 TSP of Vanilla Extract
1/4 TSP of Salt
2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup of your favorite jam! I use Bonne Maman Strawberry
*you can dust the cookies with icing sugar at the end for extra effect!
In a mixer or by hand place softened butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a bowl and mix until well incorporated.
Add in your all purpose flour bit by bit till a dough starts to form. (TIP: If it is too sticky you can always add a little bit more flour at the end)
Once the dough is formed wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Once ready, preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Roll out dough between two pieces of wax paper! Use snowflake cut out to make your desired shape and place on baking tray lined with a cookie sheet or wax paper. Half of these will become 'Peek-A-Boo' tops to the cookie (TIP: Once on the baking tray it is easier to make the smaller inside 'Peek-A-Boo' cut outs using a smaller snowflake and extracting the inside cut out with a toothpick!)
When ready place in oven for 20 minutes or until cookies become golden on the edges. Rotate the trays half way (about 10 minutes).
Let cool before sandwiching a layer of jam between the bottom full shortbread cookie and the 'peek-a-boo' cut out top shortbread cookie!
If you like this recipe or have any comments/questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below!