Easy Shortbread Recipe {For Baking With Kids}

Shortbread biscuits are great for baking with children and can be iced for fun. I bake them with my two year old, Joshua. Add raisins, chocolate chips or mini smarties for a twist. Store in an airtight container.

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Easy Shortbread Recipe

  • Time: 15 minutes prep + 30 minutes chilling

  • Cooking time: 15 - 20 minutes

  • Makes: Around 16 biscuits


  • 300g unsalted 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.

  2. Wrap in cling film and chill the dough for half an hour. Remove from the fridge and roll the dough to a 1 cm 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.

  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.

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Top photo by Taylor Kiser on Unsplash