Vanilla shortbread dough

Vanilla shortbread dough

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Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins


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

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


  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.

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Comments (91)

aniseedgal's picture

very nice.... I reduced the sugar and made without the vanilla. Cooked on gas mark 4 for about 25 minutes.

jenniebibs's picture

Great recipe, very simple and very tasty. 180c as others have said, until they look ready. Keep checking because it's easy to overcook.

cookgirl-xox's picture

It tasted brill but it all fell apart when I took it out the oven!

cookienicola's picture

i have just made the vanilla/chocolate swirl and they look great! i added about 1 tsp of cocoa to my mix, but needs more like 2 or 3 to make it look/taste chocolatey. But i think mine have come out more like biscuits than shortbread :(

shirleyseth's picture

I find this to be an excellent, easy-to-do recipe and my husband loves the biscuits. The last time I made them I omitted the vanilla and added the grated zest of an orange which worked very we

casserolequeen's picture

I have just notice on this recipe it does not give the temp or time to cook, so I've taken the liberty of looking up a similar recipe to find out this info for anyone looking at this recipe.
This is from the recipe for Lemon Star Biscuits.
TEMP:180c/gas4/fan160c. TIME:18-20mins.
If you turn the biscuit over when you think they are cooked and give it a little tap, if it feels firm and sounds like a bought biscuit when you tap it, then it's cooked.
Hope this is of some help.

mickhowes's picture

try this, instead of the vanilla, add coffee flavoring (I added until the dough mix had a pleasant coffee aroma), makes a really good coffee break treat!

mickhowes's picture

made these last weekend, my first venture into shortbread making, excellent results, everyone who tried them thought they were the best they had tasted!

tashab07's picture

I have made this twice now and it is absolutely amazing!
My work colleagues and Gramp think its soo tasty, the biscuits don't last long!
I use a cheap vanilla essence (couldn't find a quality extract in my Sainsbury's) but it still tastes great!

heaventhorn's picture

This is a totally awsome recipe... I made tones of shortbread and even mixed it with chocolate chunks which also tasted great. I highly recomend this as they are so simple to make!!

tracysharam's picture

Made these, very easy recipe bound well together and cooked quickly at 170 centigrade in about 10 minutes. The children enjoyed making shapes with cutters and the dough held well. Made them for the local fete and they were a hit. Will definitely use again.

mochimoo's picture

Very moreish and went down a treat with everyone. I split the batch and put dark chocolate chips in one of them which was really nice.

understandingmoon's picture

A sensationally easy biscuit!

jhirst's picture

cooked them for 10 mins on gas mark 180

ttsmum's picture

made this dough for biscuits for my daughters xmas fayre- so easy to make and much nicer than my usual recipe.
Will be making again to give as treats to friends for xmas.

lacuna's picture

perfect recipe. entire batch gone in a day! will have to go make more now, think i will try the chocolate swirl kind that Grace mentions in her comment.

tracycarmichael's picture

Really nice biscuits... however, be careful not to be greedy like me and try to slice thinner so as to make more otherwise they crumble once cooked )-; I've made extra batches and frozen them to make over the christmas period!

violabird's picture

Really yummy biscuits, I cut mine into stars with cookie cutters and sprinkled with caster sugar, they didn't stay uneaten for long! I've also used the recipe to make chocolate and vanilla swirls; make up the recipe as instructed, but leave out the vanilla and divide dough into two, add 1 tsp vanilla to one half and one tbs of coco powder to the other. Roll both sets of dough into a rectangle of the same size, place one on top of the other and roll up to make a sausage shape. Leave to rest for 15 mins, cut into rounds and cook as with normal biscuits. Yum!

These are definatly on the list for my homemade christmas hampers this year!


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