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

Shortbread biscuits

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(93 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


  • 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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11th Jun, 2020
Very crumbly mixture
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Rosie Pick
7th Jun, 2020
I’m afraid that this recipe did not work for us. I guess it is my first time making shortbread but the dough was too crumbly. Although they didn’t exactly taste of shortbread, they still tasted good!
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Carla Chira-9A
26th May, 2020
In my opinion although the biscuits taste delicious, they don’t have the taste of shortbread. The texture was a little too hard and they didn’t melt in your mouth as shortbread does but that was probably because i left them in the oven a little longer.
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Paul Cleary
26th Apr, 2020
Add some lemon or orange zest to the breadcrumb mix to give the shortbread a citrus kick
26th Apr, 2020
Great idea Paul Cleary! I tried this just now and it gave a lovely flavour, the kids just loved them!
17th Apr, 2020
Unsalted butter or salted butter?
heather watson
11th Apr, 2020
this was my first time attempting shortbread. it went so so well. every one I made was finished that day!! at first it seemed my mixture was a bit crumbly however I just kept on working it and the warmth of my hands brought it together quickly. definitely will do again soon.
5th Apr, 2020
These are beautiful crunchy biscuits, and all with just 3 ingredients! Avoid rolling out the crumbly pastry by doing the following: when you bring your pastry dough together (I used a food processor, so much easier), roll it into a log (diameter about 5cm or however big you want your biscuits to be). Then rest the log in the fridge for 20 mins. When you take it out, just slice it into rounds that then go on your baking sheet. I put mine on greaseproof paper. My only variation was dipping them in molten chocolate at the end.
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.


17th Apr, 2020
Unsalted butter or salted butter??
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20th Apr, 2020
Hey, Esther from the food team here! Id reccomend using unsalted in this recipe. if you like it with a little salty edge, add a pinch of salt in with the flour. If all you have is salted butter, it will work but may be a little salty depending on your preference. Thanks for your question.
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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