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Guest Blog by Peter Twitchett, Executive Head Chef of the RD Jones Group

Cooking with kids during the school holidays is always a fun activity. As a chef, I love teaching kids about fresh produce, where their food comes from and how to cook their favourite things. I’ve been cooking with my kids since they could stand at the kitchen bench.

This Christmas, get the kids in the kitchen and try making this shortbread cookies recipe, which is simple and delicious. Their favourite part will be the decorating, so I’ve included a recipe for icing as well. Seeing their proud faces at the end is priceless.


Shortbread cookies



 Melted butter, to grease

 225g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour

 120g (2/3 cup) rice flour

 100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar

 Pinch of salt

 225g cold butter, coarsely chopped

 Plain flour, extra, to dust



Step 1

Preheat oven to 150C. Brush 2 large baking trays with melted butter to lightly grease.

Step 2

Combine the flour, rice flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.

Step 3

Roll dough out until 1cm thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes from dough. Place on prepared trays. Bake in oven for 45 minutes, swapping trays halfway through cooking, or until shortbreads start to change colour. Cool on trays for 1 hour.



1 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture, sifted

25g butter, softened

1 tablespoon milk, or water

Few drops of food colouring


Step 1

Using a wooden spoon, combine icing sugar, butter and milk in medium bowl until smooth. Add a touch of extra milk or water to get a glossier consistency.

Step 2

Add enough food colouring to tint icing to desired colour. Mix well.

 Step 3

Using disposable piping bags fill with 1 or 2 Tablespoons of mix, cut and tie to make mini

You can also  join us for FREE Christmas cookie decorating when dining at any of the following venues:

 The Bartley – Bartley Terrace, West Lakes Shore SA 5020

Cove Tavern – Hallett Cove Shopping Centre, 4 Ramrod Ave, Hallett Cove SA 5158

The Holdy – 83 Brighton Rd, Glenelg South SA 5045

The Gully – 1349 North East Road Tea Tree Gully, 5091, SA

The Midway – 212 Midway Road, Elizabeth Downs SA 5113

Settlers Tavern – 249 Montague Road, Ingle Farm, SA 5098

The Woodcroft Hotel – Bains & Panalatinga Roads, Woodcroft, SA 5162

Hayley Pearson

Hayley Pearson

Co-Creator and Writer for Adelady, she still gets goosebumps that she’s combined her creative passion with sharing the best of her stunning home state.

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