This is a super easy shortbread recipe. I don't even cream the butter and sugar first. A one bowl mix of three ingredients and you have a heavenly mouthful of crisp, buttery shortbread biscuit.
This simple recipe is super easy and very forgiving. A perfect bake for the amateur cook. Plus the fact they are mega moreish.
They keep really well and I often make biscuits with only half the dough and leave the other wrapped up in the fridge to help myself later on in the week.
Makes me feel like the best Mom in town or even the world. Fresh shortbread for an after school snack or secret snaffle when all you have to do is reach into the fridge. Biscuit Boom....
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You will need
- cookie cutter
- mixing bowl if using hand held mixer or wooden spoon
- mixer or electric hand held beater or food processor or wooden spoon
- rolling pin
- baking tray lined with baking paper or reusable silicone
- cooling rack
- oven thermometer (optional)
250 grams (8.8 oz) unsalted butter
150 grams (5.3 oz) caster sugar
350 grams (12.3 oz) plain flour
This is about as easy as it gets, thank goodness.
- I put the 3 ingredients in a free standing mixer, mixing bowl or food processor and mix.
- I have made it in both a mixer or a food processor or a mixing bowl with a hand held electric mixer and it matters not which one you use. So use what ever suits you. You can mix these with just a wooden spoon and large mixing bowl too.
- I would say though that if you are using a food processor it needs to be a large one or you could split the ingredients in half and do it in 2 batches.
- Mix together until you get a shaggy dough thing going on.
- Knead and squeeze it together with your hands either tipped out onto the work surface or in the bowl.
- Then tip out onto a lightly floured work surface knead a little and roll the smooth dough out to about 1 cm thick.
- Flour your rolling pin a little too.
- I use a scone cutter to cut out rounds. I use the fluted edge as I think it looks prettier but you can use any shape.
- My cutter is 7 cm wide and I get about 13 cookies from it. Damn that odd one.
- I use a fish slice/flat spatula to scoop them carefully off the work surface and onto a lined large baking tray.
- I use a re usable silicone liner but either baking paper is fine or you could grease and flour the baking tray itself.
- Because it is such a soft dough it is sometimes easy to get an uneven roll here and there but just do your best.
- I find that the cookies do even out in the oven.
- I put 6 cookies per tray to allow for spreading. It does mean you have to bake in batches and the last 1 that is left over is annoying. Soz.
- My baking trays are 35 cm x 30 cm.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden around the edges and a little on top.
- Watch carefully to see that the colour is no more than golden.
- After a few minutes remove carefully with a flat spatula/fish slice to a wire rack to cool.
- Sometimes I dip them in good quality milk chocolate for the children or spoon 2 tsp of melted chocolate on top of the cookie itself. You could even decorate with sprinkles etc.
- Either way is effective but the latter is certainly easier. I find dipping a bit difficult as the cookies are so wide.
How To Store Shortbread
- I keep mine in an air tight container.
- If I have a double layer then I will put a sheet of grease proof or baking paper in there in between the top and bottom layers of biscuits.
- I do find they keep very well for a week.
- You can freeze them after baking making sure they are well protected. I freeze them in a stout tupperware container with a layer of grease proof/baking paper between the layers.
- You can also store the raw shortbread dough in the freezer well wrapped and protected from freezer burn. Roll the dough into a sausage about 5/7 cm in diameter. Wrap it in clingfilm. In fact I usually use the clingfilm to roll it up.
- I then put the roll in two freezer bags if you have big enough ones. I do use a carrier bag if i don't. Simply remove from the freezer and allow to thaw enough for you to slice into 1 cm rounds. Bake for a minute or two longer than the standard baking time. The dough will keep for 3 months in your freezer.
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- 250 grams unsalted butter room temperature
- 150 grams caster sugar I use unrefined
- 350 grams plain flour
- Pre heat your oven to 190 C/375 F/Gas Mark 5. Put 250 grams unsalted butter, 150 grams caster sugar and 350 grams of plain flour into your mixing bowl/food processor bowl. Mix until you get a shaggy dough.
- Either tip onto your work surface or leave in your mixing bowl to use your hands to bring/squeeze together into a smooth dough. Lightly flour your rolling pin and work surface.
- Roll out the dough to 1 cm thickness. Cut out the cookies and use a flat spatula to carefully place onto your lined baking tray. Put 6 on each baking tray. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes and golden. Watch carefully as too much colour can spoil the buttery taste.
- Leave on the tray for 5 mins to cool before using your flat spatula to transfer to a wire rack to fully cool. Repeat for the rest of the cookies.
- Apply To Defeated Face
All nutritional information is approximate and intended only as a guide.
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Cat | Curly's Cooking
These look absolutely perfect! I've not made shortbread before which I know sounds odd. And even more odd I didn't realise they only had three ingredients! These look like some of the best shortbread cookies I've seen.
Thanks Cat! You can add cornflour or rice flour or even semolina but I just like them plain like this. No fuss x
My kids love shortbread cookies! I can understand why you need them during the holidays too!
I need a huge bin liner full! Thanks Corina x
Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder
We do love shortbread in our house and kids usually insist on helping too which gets a bit messy as they are slow and their hands are so HOT 🙂 We still have two more days of long weekend left so these are bound to make an appearance at some point! Love the melted chocolate touch too! Brilliant classic! x
Thanks Jo. They are good aren't they. I've eaten so many I should look like one!
Helen - Cooking with my kids
I'm a big fan of shortbread and this recipe looks perfect - so easy and hardly any ingredients.
I love recipes like this. Wallop in the bowl and go! Thank you x
These look absolutely perfect! I love that you dip them in chocolate too - it's the perfect finishing touch!
Thank you Hannah!Chocolate usually makes everything that little bit better.x
I feel your pain, but how you do make me laugh. Shortbread is my favourite biscuit. Adding chocolate makes them even better. I know it's a pain, but dipping them in chocolate does make them look extra special.
Shortbread is mine too. I have a massive thing for the fruit shortcake biscuits, once I work out how to bake those God help me!