Elderflower and Lime Shortbread Stars

A last minute recipe that can easily be completed in half an hour. Go on, you know you have time to spare two days before Christmas. These biscuits are not only irresistibly pretty but are tangy, fragrant and very more-ish!

Ready in 30 minutes. Makes: 18

•100g softened butter
•50g caster sugar
•3tbsps bottlegreen elderflower cordial
•1 lime
•200g plain flour
•150g icing sugar
•Silver balls and ribbon

1.Preheat oven to 180c (160c for fan assisted oven) gas mark 4.
2.Cream together the butter, caster sugar and 2tbsps of the bottlegreen elderflower cordial, add the grated rind of the lime.
3.Sift in the flour and mix to a dough, knead lightly.
4.Roll out on a lightly floured work surface, cut into stars approximately 7-8cm diameter 10-15 minutes until pale golden, cool on a wire rack.
5.Mix together the sieved icing sugar, remaining 1 tbsp. of bottlegreen elderflower cordial and enough lime juice to make a smooth, spreadable icing. Ice the biscuits and decorate with silver balls. Leave to set for several hours. Cook’s tip: If using as decorations make a small hole in the uncooked biscuit with the blunt end of a skewer, carefully thread a ribbon through after the icing has set.