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Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread

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Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 35 minutes

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Serves 14

Easy to make and perfect for Halloween! I used gel food colouring but liquid should be fine-you just may not need any milk

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  • 100g butter, chilled
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2tsp mixed spice
  • Orange food colouring
  • Whole cloves
  • 2tsp milk (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 160degrees/140fan Grease a large baking sheet

  2. Mix together the flour, sugar and spices Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs

  3. Add a dollop of food colouring and knead the mixture until it forms a dough, add a little milk if needed. At this stage add more food colouring to reach your desired colour

  4. Take a heaped teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball, Mark vertical lines in the side of the ball to form a pumpkin shape, go quite deep to prevent the lines fading out while cooling.

  5. Place a clove into the top of each ball and place it onto the tray. Continue until all the dough has been used up

  6. Bake for around 35minutes or until the biscuits are firm and the bases have darkened, if baked too little they will be raw in the middle!

  7. Leave to cool before enjoying!

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