I love making Christmas Shortbread, more so for the fun part than anything else. So whats the fun part in these? You probably may recall my story about 2 little guests of mine in the Gingersnap post. They were here again and this time, they partook not only the end result but also had a huge "hand" when it came to decorating these shortbread. I cut them out into christmas'sy shapes and they had fun decorating them.
I have taken the basic shortbread recipe and added ground nuts to them to make it more yummy than they really are. Anything with butter, flour and sugar cannot go wrong at all and with addition of almonds, it only took the flavor to new heights.These are good as they are, but if you want to have some fun, decorate them with icing sugar, colored sugar, edible silver balls etc. What more, if you have kids around, ask them to help.Its even more fun that way. Make sure you have more icing that time, since much of it will be inevitably "disappear" or "dissolve in thin air" ;-)
I dont bake in my oven and hence I am sorry to be of no help. Also, I hear that it differs from brand to brand so you might have to test it out yourself. My suggestion would be to start conservatively and increase as needed. --DK
Yes, you can. You can place it in anything that you use for baking. A cookie sheet is a flat, rectangular pan. See image: http://i-cdn.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/kitchen/2008_01_16-Pans.jpg. --DK
I had stored them without icing them for about a week in an air tight jar. Haven't had them for more than that, hence am not too sure about it. Also,I don't know if they will be good if stored with icing... --DK