Vanilla shortbread dough

Vanilla shortbread dough

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Between 16 - 44 biscuits, depending on recipe

Use this dough as the base for biscuits, to eat yourself, or to make as a Christmas gift

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
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protein
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carbs
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fat
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saturates
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fibre
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sugar
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salt
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Ingredients

  • 325g plain flour
  • 200g chilled salted butter
  • 125g/4½oz golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp good-quality vanilla extract
  • 2 large free range egg yolks

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Method

  1. Tip the flour into a food processor. Cut the butter into small pieces and drop them into the bowl, then whizz until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the sugar, vanilla and egg yolks and whizz to a small dough.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2002

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j14301's picture
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tried them and theyre good

lulubell79's picture
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I would like to include these for xmas hampers for the school xmas raffle does anyone know how long they would keep wrapped in cellophane? Thanks

sarahclapton's picture
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lovey and easy to make , served with lemon sylllabub

quisilor's picture
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Made these recently with my young daughter and we both had a great time.
We made some smaller biscuits and a big round biscuit for the family. We decorated the top with choc buttons and icing sugar.
Have to say they are very nice, the in-laws loved the large round we made for them :)

eviemay-003's picture

The best recipe yet for shortbread. Must admit the first batch were a bit overcooked as I wasn't sure about oven temp or length of cooking time. Second batch (on 180c for 15 mins) were perfect. Delicious!!!

milosmum's picture

How can this recipe have been tested when there is no oven temp. or cooking time? This is very basic information when writing a recipe.

dobbalot's picture
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This is just the recipe for an excellent shortbread dough, so why are people constantly asking for cooking temperatures and times.

jj37795's picture
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So yummy and sO easy! My in-laws don't like sweet things at all but even they love these!

eddy_supertramp's picture
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cooking these as a extra little valentines gift for my girlfriend, as we both moved in together this month we dont have any money and decided to make valentines this year.... after spending over 2 hours making her cards ive finally decided to makes these and cut them into heart shapes..... there is alot of comments on how long they take to cook and at what temperature... im not sure which one to follow, seeing as she doestn trust my cooking anyway i want these to turn out good... HELP

luvgrub's picture
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Fantastic result and so quick and easy to make. I made the Vanilla thins with the dough. I'll never buy shop bought biscuits again!

yvonlo's picture
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They are nice but I wouldnt call them shortbread because they are not 'short enough. plus with the 2 egg yorks it gives them more structure so not as crumbly. There are better shortbread recipe than this on BBC food website.

jenniefranks's picture
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Made these yesterday for the first time and can't believe how easy they are. Made the dough last night and put in the fridge, once bought back to room temp was easy to roll. My kids enjoyed cutting out the shapes and decorating, they taste delicious. Will vary the flavour and definetly make for gifts. Only needed 15 mins in the oven though.

hjmalpas's picture
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Easy and delicious. I rolled into a sausage shape, wrapped in cling film & chillled before cutting into discs. Before cooking I decorated with a snowflake pattern: score a 6 pointed asterisk onto each biscuit with a cocktail stick. Poke a hole at the end of each of the 6 points (keep about 1cm away from edge else will crack. I use a BBQ skewer) Into each hole push one of those silver sugar balls. Once out and cooled I lightly dusted with icing sugar and they looked beautiful and tasted great. Great edible gift - though I did have to taste several for product control!!!

hjmalpas's picture
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Easy and delicious. I rolled into a sausage shape, wrapped in cling film & chillled before cutting into discs. Before cooking I decorated with a snowflake pattern: score a 6 pointed asterisk onto each biscuit with a cocktail stick. Poke a hole at the end of each of the 6 points (keep about 1cm away from edge else will crack. I use a BBQ skewer) Into each hole push one of those silver sugar balls. Once out and cooled I lightly dusted with icing sugar and they looked beautiful and tasted great. Great edible gift - though I did have to taste several for product control!!!

hjmalpas's picture
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Easy and delicious. I rolled into a sausage shape, wrapped in cling film & chillled before cutting into discs. Before cooking I decorated with a snowflake pattern: score a 6 pointed asterisk onto each biscuit with a cocktail stick. Poke a hole at the end of each of the 6 points (keep about 1cm away from edge else will crack. I use a BBQ skewer) Into each hole push one of those silver sugar balls. Once out and cooled I lightly dusted with icing sugar and they looked beautiful and tasted great. Great edible gift - though I did have to taste several for product control!!!

hjmalpas's picture
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Easy and delicious. I rolled into a sausage shape, wrapped in cling film & chillled before cutting into discs. Before cooking I decorated with a snowflake pattern: score a 6 pointed asterisk onto each biscuit with a cocktail stick. Poke a hole at the end of each of the 6 points (keep about 1cm away from edge else will crack. I use a BBQ skewer) Into each hole push one of those silver sugar balls. Once out and cooled I lightly dusted with icing sugar and they looked beautiful and tasted great. Great edible gift - though I did have to taste several for product control!!!

hjmalpas's picture
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Easy and delicious. I rolled into a sausage shape, wrapped in cling film & chillled before cutting into discs. Before cooking I decorated with a snowflake pattern: score a 6 pointed asterisk onto each biscuit with a cocktail stick. Poke a hole at the end of each of the 6 points (keep about 1cm away from edge else will crack. I use a BBQ skewer) Into each hole push one of those silver sugar balls. Once out and cooled I lightly dusted with icing sugar and they looked beautiful and tasted great. Great edible gift - though I did have to taste several for product control!!!

jax1974uk's picture

i used this for some millionaires shortbread and it was yummy

i used the oven at 160C/fan 140C/gas 3 and worked fine

this recipe is simple and very easy and be great with it dipped in chocolate or iced

rachael020406's picture

Preheat the oven to 180C/ gas 4/fan 160C and grease 2 large baking sheets. Roll

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