Easy Shortbread Recipe

2 year old Joshua gives you step-by-step instructions to make easy shortbread. Shortbread cookies are great for baking with children and can be iced for fun. Add raisins, chocolate chips or mini smarties for a twist. Shortbread cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Easy Shortbread Recipe: Makes about 16 cookies:

Time: 15 mins prep + 30 mins chilling + 15 - 20 mins baking
Cost: 8p per cookie*
Calories: 208 per cookie*

*based on 16 cookies

  • 300g butter (at room temperature)
  • 100g caster sugar (plus extra for dredging if you like)
  • Few drops vanilla essence
  • 200g Plain Flour

1. Either by hand or in a food processor, cream the butter, vanilla and sugar together until smooth. Add the flour and mix to make a smooth dough. Make sure you wipe plenty of flour onto your jumper.

2. Wrap in cling film and chill the dough for half an hour. Remove from the fridge, pull a cheeky face and roll the dough to a 1cm thickness on a floured surface.

3. Cut into shapes using a cookie cutter or glass. Reshape the scraps and cut more shapes until the dough is used up. Prick cookies all over with a fork. Make sure you completely cover the surfaces, the floor and yourself with plenty of flour while doing so.

4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 C / Gas 4 for 15 - 20 minutes until golden. Dredge with caster sugar while still warm if you like and cool on a wire rack. Change out of your messy clothes and munch!

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