shortbread baked

Every night after dinner, I get cravings for something sweet.  BUT, because I don’t like sweeties and I try not to buy too much chocolate so I don’t eat it ALL, I rarely have any puddings or treats in the house.

chocolate shortbread and espresso

But sometimes I just want SOMETHING.  Well here is a recipe for shortbread – buttery biscuits that are easy to make and consist of three ingredients that you’re bound to have already.  Easy. (And not just because I’m Scottish.)

To make about 35 little shortbread biscuits, you will need:

4.5 oz butter (softened)

2 oz caster sugar

6 oz plain flour

A little icing sugar for dusting.


Preheat the oven to 170 degrees fan.  Then mix together the butter and the caster sugar until smooth and add the flour.

shortbread mixture

It should form large breadcrumbs and then, if you continue mixing it, stick together like one big lump of dough.

shortbread dough

Dust a clean surface with flour and lay out your lump of dough. Next, cover a rolling pin in flour and gently roll out the dough until it’s 0.5-1 cm thick.  Then use a pastry cutter or the open end of a glass to cut out circles.

cutting shortbread

Place your circles on to a lightly greased baking tray, sprinkle lightly with icing sugar and then put in the fridge for 10 minutes.

shortbread pre cooked

Once chilled, they can then go into the oven to bake for 12 minutes. When ready, the shortbread will have turned golden brown.

shortbread baked 2

Lift them off the tray and place on a wire rack to cool.


Once cooled, they’re ready to be eaten, shared or decorated.  Melted chocolate is always good….

chocolate shortbread espresso 2


6 thoughts on “Shortbread

  1. What a great recipe! I can’t believe there are just three ingredients. I will definitely try it tonight:) Thanks you so much for sharing and have a great week ahead!


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