Easy Shortbread recipe

This is the simplest of recipes that you can customise yourself and whip up in minutes.


  • 190g plain flour
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 125g butter (cold)


  1. Cream the butter and the sugar together. This means mixing them together until they form a smooth paste.

  2. Sieve the flour into the mixture and mix together well.

  3. Flour your work surface. Preheat the oven to 190C and grease a baking tray.

  4. Roll the dough out onto your work surface. Flour the rolling pin to make this a bit easier.

  5. Roll it out to around 1cm.

  6. Using a knife, cut your dough into strips and then fingers. Poke with a fork.

  7. Sprinkle with caster sugar and then place into the oven.

  8. Cook for 15-20 minutes no more!

This makes a yummy dessert with cream and jam or just use them to dunk into a cup of tea.

Author: Laura Young.

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Reviews and Comments:

Easy Shortbread Review by Deksilee on 20th January 2014:

Very good and simple.

Easy Shortbread photo by John
Easy Shortbread Review by John on 12th December 2013:

I agree with Ali. 20 minutes at 190C and they are overcooked, especially in a fan oven. They taste really nice though, and in future I will cook at 180 and check them after 15 mins.

Easy Shortbread Review by Ali on 20th January 2013:

They are a little bit burnt after the right amount of time but they taste great.

Easy Shortbread Review by cookingnovice on 12th August 2012:

Lovely recipe, very easy. I also had to add milk and I took them out before you suggested but maybe both things happened because I put in too much butter and also because we have a fan oven. I added chocolate chunks too! Came out brilliantly.

Easy Shortbread Review by Fred on 24th July 2012:

Simple, quick and easy to understand.

Easy Shortbread Review by The Jock on 8th July 2012:

My kids loved this recipie, best ever.

Easy Shortbread Review by Mandy on 2nd July 2012:

WOW! The shortbread is amazing yum yum!

Easy Shortbread Review by Rhianne Webster on 7th June 2012:

Omg this recipe is amazing. Mine turned out perfect, but I did add more butter and sugar, but it still turned out amazing!

Easy Shortbread Review by Nancy on 29th May 2012:

I think it was easy and yummy.

Easy Shortbread Review by Aimee-Louise on 19th May 2012:

Easy to follow, found if dough doesn't roll out easy, just put it in the fridge for 10 mins or so :)

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190gabout 7 oz (6.70187 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
55gabout 2 oz (1.940015 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
125gabout 4 oz (4.409125 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
190C375F / Gas Mark 5


Published: December 13, 2010
Average rating of 4.41 stars based on 32 reviews.
Summary: This is the simplest of recipes that you can customise yourself and whip up in minutes.