Melt-in-the-mouth eggnog shortbreads

Get in the festive spirit with these spiced treats.

  • 1 hr cooking
  • Makes 100
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Add a little Christmas spirit with these spiced shortbread treats with a boozey buttercream topping. These biscuits are not for the kids!


  • 125 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ²⁄³ cup (110g) icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dark underproof rum
  • 2 teaspoons brandy
  • 1¼ cups (185g) plain flour
  • ¼ cup (35g) wheaten cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon icing sugar, extra
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, extra
Buttercream frosting
  • 125 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups (240g) icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 tablespoon dark underproof rum


  • 1
    Have butter for shortbread and butter cream frosting at room temperature.
  • 2
    Beat butter, extract and sifted icing sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy; beat in rum and brandy. Add sifted flour, cornflour and nutmeg; beat on low speed until just combined. Enclose dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Shape dough into two 30cm logs, roll logs on baking paper until smooth; refrigerate 1 hour.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 160°C. Line oven trays with baking paper.
  • 5
    Cut each log into 50 slices. Place slices, about 2.5cm apart, on trays. Bake shortbreads about 12 minutes. Stand on trays 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.
  • 6
    Make butter cream frosting. Beat butter in small bowl with electric mixer until as white as possible. Gradually beat in extract and half the sifted icing sugar. Beat in brandy and rum, then remaining icing sugar.
  • 7
    Spoon frosting into piping bag fitted with small fluted tube; pipe frosting onto shortbread. Dust with combined sifted extra icing sugar and extra nutmeg.


This recipe makes a lot of little one-bite shortbreads. If you like, make 50 shortbreads and freeze the remaining log, wrapped in baking paper then plastic wrap, for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before slicing and baking. You will need to halve the butter cream frosting if only baking 50 shortbreads.Biscuits, without the frosting, will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

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