I baked these magical little biscuits for a friend visiting last week. They’re super easy to make and quick enough to pop in the oven an hour before your pals knock the door.
I made the dough the night before- which took me about 15 minutes- and then popped it in the fridge ready to freshly bake in the morning. The most time consuming element of this recipe is adding the colour and mixing them into a marble- but that’s also the most fun part- so I can’t complain!
4oz (105g) Stork margarine
6oz (175g) plain flour
2 oz (55g) caster sugar
Sieve the dry ingredients and add them to a bowl with the Stork. Rub then knead the mixture together until you have a smooth dough.
Divide your dough into three equal chunks and work in your food colouring to each piece until the colour is consistent thoughout. I used Wilton colour pastes in Teal, Lemon Yellow & Rose. These colourings are really strong and they don’t get lighter with baking. They’re great!
Marbling your dough
Once you have your three coloured doughs, roll each one into a long tube shape.
-Twist all three together (so it looks like a flump marshmallow) and then roll your flump shape together into a long tube shape again.
-fold your multicoloured tube of dough in half, twist again and roll smooth.
Repeat this a max of 2 more times max until you have a cylinder of dough and reshape it so its around 4cm in diameter.
The first 3 minutes of this video demonstrates the technique pretty well! https://youtu.be/jKkXvxe7X6Q
Wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge until the morning. (This can also be frozen and keeps for up to 4 weeks!)
Preheat your oven to around 180°c. Using a sharp knife, cut your shortbread cylinder into 1.5cm thick disks and place on a lined baking tray. They will spread so space them well.
Bake for around 12-15 mins.
Allow to cool slightly before carefully removing from the tray and rolling the edges in caster sugar. I mixed some edible glitter in with the mix for some extra unicorn sparkle!
Serve with tea in the biggest mugs you have & try not to eat them all at once.
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