These savoury shortbread are decorated with some edible mini baubles to make the ultimate Christmas party snack. If you do not have a Christmas tree cutter, you can make shortbread snowmen instead and use the baubles to make faces

Method
1.
Place a pan over a medium heat and add oil. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and a pinch of salt, cook until the onions soften and start to caramelise
2.
Add the sage and pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and spoon the contents onto kitchen towel to cool
3.
Add the butter and sugar to a bowl. Using a whisk, whip the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Season with black pepper
4.
Gradually mix in the flour and a pinch of salt until a ball of dough forms - you may not need all the flour. Add the cooled sage and onion and gently work into the dough. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 20 minutes
5.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1-2cm thick. Use a small Christmas tree cutter to cut out the shortbread, place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and return to the fridge for 10 minutes
VideoVideo: Use cutters
Room for a little one
Once you’ve rolled out the dough, let your little helpers cut out the shortbread using festive cutters. Don’t forget to flour your work surface to prevent the dough from sticking!
6.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
7.
Transfer the shortbread to the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack
8.
Add all of the bauble ingredients to a blender and blitz into a smooth purée. Transfer to a piping bag with a 5mm nozzle
9.
Once the trees are cool, pipe little dots onto the 'branches' of the shortbread and serve
Room for a little one
It may take the kids a couple of attempts before they get used to piping out the right amount, but this step is a good way for them to familiarise themselves with a piping bag and how to use it!
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Ingredients

Sage and onion

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 sage leaves, finely chopped, or 1/2 tsp dried
  • 1 dash of olive oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper

Shortbread

  • 125g of unsalted butter, softened
  • 125g of plain flour, sifted
  • 15g of caster sugar
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 pinch of salt

Baubles

  • 150g of half fat medium cheese, finely chopped
  • 25g of cranberry sauce
  • 1 tsp of English mustard
  • 3 tsp of low fat cream cheese

Equipment

  1. Food processor or blender
  2. Piping bag with 5mm nozzle
  3. Small Christmas tree cutter

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Nutrition (per Portion)

Calories

106
5%

Sugars

2g
2%

Fat

7g
10%

Saturates

4g
20%

Salt

87mg
1%
of an adult's guideline daily amount
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