Shortbread biscuits served on a wooden board with a cup of tea

Shortbread biscuits

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

Makes 20 biscuits

Make these moreish shortbread biscuits using just three ingredients. They're wonderfully crumbly and go perfectly with a cup of tea for a mid-morning treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per biscuit

  • kcal79
  • fat4g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre0.3g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.1g
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Ingredients

  • 150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100g butter, chilled and cubed
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  • 50g caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp for sprinkling

Method

  1. Heat oven 170C/150C fan/gas 3. Put the flour, butter and sugar into a mixing bowl. Use your hands to combine the ingredients until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, then squeeze until it comes together as a dough.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to a thickness of ½ cm. Cut the dough into fingers and place on a lined baking tray. Use a fork to create imprints, then sprinkle with the remaining caster sugar.

  3. Chill the dough in the fridge for 20 mins, then bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Remove the shortbread fingers from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for 10 mins.

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Sian N
4th Jan, 2020
4.05
This is my second attempt at making shortbread of late. What I had forgotten to do the first time was to knead the dough. This recipe refers to this as squeezing. Once I kneaded/squeezed it worked well! Note this can take a while! I assume the person below who said it was crumbly hadn't done this.
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Stephanie Beirne
3rd Jan, 2020
5.05
Foolproof recipe, works every time. I sprinkle chopped hazelnuts on top just before baking.
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Johanna Bayliss...
31st Dec, 2019
Leave plenty of space between them on the tray
GoodFooder56
15th Dec, 2019
5.05
Really delicious. All though the shortbread is quite crumbly when rolling, it is totally worth it! I have made these 3 or 4 times now, and every time they always have a lovely crunch to them. They are also not too sweet, and are perfect for Christmas.
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Kevin Main
14th Dec, 2019
5.05
Fabulous Recipe - follow it exactly and the result is excellent. You need to take time to run the mixture together and then work it all in to a ball, but very nice shortbread, family loved it - easy and quick to do.
Goul_foxx
9th Nov, 2019
1.05
Absolutely a bad recipe doesn't do as it says and just crumbles whilst your rolling it out
Chos32
18th May, 2019
5.05
I’m only 11 these are the best shortbreads EVeR
Chos32
15th May, 2019
5.05
Put milk in after breadcrumbing the mixture but only a bit at a time
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Kevin Main
14th Dec, 2019
5.05
What milk??
Chos32
13th May, 2019
5.05
I love it
AdamParsons2003
18th Dec, 2015
Do you need to add water?
Chos32
15th May, 2019
5.05
Milk not water and only a bit at a time
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