Lemon & ginger shortbread

Lemon & ginger shortbread

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(22 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 12
This zesty teatime shortbread from BBC Good Food reader Jo Foster has a beautiful crumbly texture, plus zingy lemon and warming ginger flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal142
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 100g salted butter, softened, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 50g golden caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • zest 1 large lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 8 pieces of crystallised ginger, finely chopped
  • 175g plain flour


  1. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2 and grease a 22cm loose-bottomed fluted tart tin. Put the butter in a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until soft. Beat in the sugar, then stir in the lemon zest and ginger.

  2. Stir in the flour and work with your hands to form a soft dough. Tip into the tin and press into an even, flat layer with your fingers. Prick all over with a fork and bake in the oven for 40 mins until pale gold. Cut into wedges then leave to cool completely in the tin. Remove from the tin and dust with caster sugar to serve.

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19th Oct, 2019
Used stem ginger instead of crystallised and turned out great! Will try fresh ginger next time though.
30th Apr, 2019
This is a very good twist on shortbread, very easy too.
23rd Oct, 2015
easy to make and delicious.
13th Sep, 2015
Really easy and turned just as shown
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8th Mar, 2015
I used fresh ginger. Really really good and so easy! Turns out how the recipe states
5th Mar, 2015
A good tea time snack. I used 1st ground ginger because because that is all I had. The lemon and ginger flavouring wasn't strong enough. I would increased the quantities.
17th May, 2015
How long does this keep for does anyone know?
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16th Jul, 2015
Hi there, this recipe should be fine in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
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