Vanilla shortbread dough

Vanilla shortbread dough

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(56 ratings)

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 yolks


  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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22nd Apr, 2013
Not sure what I did but these haven't turned out well at all! They are doughy and not nice and crumbly. Not what I was expecting and don't think I will try these again unfortunately.
27th Mar, 2013
I didn't think these were special tasting at all! And certainly didn't taste shortbread like. I do admit, I did the recipe with softened butter which even after refrigerating the dough for 20mins made the dough very hard to work with. I won't try this recipe again based on flavour
13th Jan, 2013
This looks great but there is no temperature and how long to cook for.?
4th Jul, 2014
If you look further down the recipes and go to the Vanilla thins recipe its the rest of these instructions.....including cooking times and temp.
21st Dec, 2012
made these a few timees now, think next time i will be addind some chocolate chips in half of the dough for variety
17th Dec, 2012
When I made these a couple of weeks ago the mixture was really sloppy, couldn't roll it with a pin to make the stars I wanted, but could pinch bits off to roll into balls and then flatten slightly before putting them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Was really yummy and the first time ever that a plate of something I've baked and has been cleaned! Can anyone recommend a way to make the mixture less sloppy?
4th Jul, 2014
smaller yolks or make sure you chill . You have to put the sausage of dough in cling film and slice it like bread, so chill for ages.
3rd Dec, 2012
This is a great wee recipe for shortcake cooked in 180 oven for 15 - 20 mins ill be using it a lot more :-)
28th Jun, 2013
hi aisling2936 your comment really helped me decide if i should make them or not. thanks for giving the time and temperature to cook it ;)
14th Nov, 2012
no temp or timings


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