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)

pdeedee's picture

Add in 100g of dates, 100g Walnuts and an extra egg yolk for something a little different.

alisonball's picture

I used this dough to make the 'vanilla thins', but I added a generous amount of chocolate chunks (about 200g I think) and some halved macadamias (only about 50g). I had lovely chunky shortbread cookies and they went down a treat!

raddersandsimo's picture

yummy and very easy to make, i did have to add an extra egg yoke though to get it to bind....eaten 3 already and they are still warm!!!

lilina's picture

Nearly threw the dough away as i just couldnt get it to mould and was so crumbly, then i read a tip about chilling the mixture before rolling in cling film and thank goodness i did, it worked a treat. First time making biscuits ever, i added cranberries and lemon to one batch and choc chuncks and hazlenuts to the other. Taste homemade which is a good thing but not quite the best biscuit ive ever tasted!

toopy46's picture

Made these biscuits to go with small summer fruit jellies perfect and so easy to make.

lindsey101's picture

i made these biscuits at work and they were a hit! so easy to make and would also make a lovely gift.

cathpmc1957's picture

Madethese cookies for my grandaughters birthday. We used cookie cutters with her age. All the children loved them. So easy to make. Do you have a recipe for making them with semolina, had one years ago but have lost it. Can anyone help, please?

sdenny6773's picture

I made this dough at the weekend and divided it in 2, so half for chrismassy biscuits and half for the choc nut bars recipe that is on this website. A roaring success!! As per previous comments I didn't have the oven temperature so worked on 160 fan oven (180 normal oven) and they came out fine. Will make again for xmas to give away to pepole as pressies.

debz8809's picture

hi every one who commented gas 4 for about 15 20 mins depending on your cookers

josi106's picture

It would be easier if you displayed the time and oven temperature here instead of having to refer back to the suggested uses for the dough.

lovetocook's picture

I would like to make them but you do not give the oven temperature or the time they take to cook!


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