Sablés Poisson d'Avril (April Fools' Day shortbread fish)

    1 hour 40 min

    In France, April 1 is a day for pranks, like tacking a paper fish to a friend's back and shouting "poisson d'Avril!", but you can make these shortbread cookies into any shape for any occasion.

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    Makes: 20 biscuits

    • 250g salted butter, softened
    • 130g caster sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 300g plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:30min chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth. Stir in the egg. Stir in the flour, and form the dough into a ball. Chill for 30 minutes.
    2. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
    3. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin between two sheets of baking parchment. Cut the shortbread into fish shapes (or any shape you desire) and place on the prepared baking tray. Form the dough into a ball again, roll and cut until no dough remains. Sprinkle with the vanilla sugar.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until pale golden brown, about 10 minutes.
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