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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19th Nov, 2011
Preheat the oven to 180C/ gas 4/fan 160C and grease 2 large baking sheets. Roll
28th Oct, 2011
Dey make dese at my sxool, and every1 loves dem! We had dem in heart shapes in primary with vanilla ice cream because it was a italian themed meal! very yummy!!! Jessicaxx
8th Oct, 2011
Never made shortbread before, always have made gingerbread biscuits when I've wanted to create something special (normally for children!), but recently was asked to make some wedding favours, I decided that I needed a good shortbread recipe so that it kept it's shape better than gingerbread when baked. They were a real hit, 60 decorated heart shaped biscuit! To bake them I have a fan assisted oven, but still put them on 180, for 30 minutes, they should still be nice and pale in colour....they keep in an airtight container for around a week, if they last that long!!
26th Sep, 2011
just made these and i perfur this recipe than the rest now to wait cos in oven as we speak mmmmmmmmmmmm smell good x
4th May, 2011
I decided to try this recipe after my husband came home with a little bag of shortbread biscuits which were dry and very tasteless (I always home-bake but these were a peace offering!). These are absolutely delicious! I did need three yolks though, to help the mixture to bind. I rolled the "sausage" to a thickness of 5cm, wrapped it firmly in cling film and chilled in the fridge for half a hour. Once ready, I cut it in to slices of 3/4cm, placed them on grease proof paper and put them in my fan oven, set at 160 degrees, for 18 minutes. Once cooked I put them on a rack and whilst still warm sprinkled them with caster sugar. Once cooled I put them on a decorative plate as a peace offering in return to my husband - and it worked!!! These are far nicer than any I have bought, or made, before (I find that with all of the recipes from this site too!).
2nd May, 2011
A great straight forward recipe. First time I've successfully made biscuits! Added a tablespoon of cocoa powder and some choc chips & sprinkled with sugar powder. Really tasty biscuits salty, sweet & crumbly yum!
26th Apr, 2011
look lush!!
21st Apr, 2011
I made these in easter shapes and the practically caused turf wars in the house! Even my mum on her eternal diet could not get enough! Thanks good food!
15th Apr, 2011
iv just made this recipe, when it cooled i put a tin of caramel condensed milk over the top. I tought it was really nice so did my partner and son. i will defo do it this way again. well its good 2 try different things
5th Jan, 2011
I made this for Christmas and it's delicious!


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