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

Shortbread biscuits

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins


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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  • 150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100g butter, chilled and cubed



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp for sprinkling


  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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4th Mar, 2020
Doesn't require full 15 mins, go easy on time as you can always add more
Sian N
4th Jan, 2020
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
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's picture
15th Dec, 2019
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
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.
9th Nov, 2019
Absolutely a bad recipe doesn't do as it says and just crumbles whilst your rolling it out
18th May, 2019
I’m only 11 these are the best shortbreads EVeR
15th May, 2019
Put milk in after breadcrumbing the mixture but only a bit at a time
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Kevin Main
14th Dec, 2019
What milk??


18th Dec, 2015
Do you need to add water?
15th May, 2019
Milk not water and only a bit at a time
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