Easy All-Butter Shortbread Biscuit Recipe

Shortbread Recipe

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Easy All-Butter Shortbread Biscuit Recipe

This  easy all-butter shortbread biscuit recipe has a rich, buttery flavour and a crisp texture, perfect for having with a cup of your favourite coffee or a cup of tea. 

They are great given as presents to friends and keep well in an airtight tin. 

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When making these biscuits it’s important to have the butter at room temperature before you start so it creams easily.If it’s too cold you’ll struggle to make it cream together and it will be hard to work with.

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  •  125g of caster sugar
  • A couple of drops of vanilla essence or extract *optional
  • 250g of fresh butter (you can use unsalted but I prefer salted) at room temperature
  • 375g of PLAIN flour


If you’re not using a food processor cream the butter and sugar together with the vanilla extract or essence

Fold in the flour carefully and mix until it forms a dough 

If using a food processor, put all the ingredients in the food processor bowl and process until the mixture forms one big clump. 

Next wrap the shortbread biscuit dough in clingfilm or a wax wrap and place in the fridge for 20 mins

Once the mixture is nice and cool preheat the oven to about Gas Mark 5 

Flour the work top with a sprinkling of plain flour

Roll out the dough until it is about 0.5cm thick

Cut shapes from the dough using a cookie cutter of your choice (I love stars and love hearts)  and transfer onto a baking tray

Bake in the oven until they have gone a light golden colour

Remove tray from oven

Sprinkle with caster sugar 

Leave for a few minutes on the tray and then transfer to a cooling rack. 

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Serving Suggestion

If you like you can dip all-butter shortbread biscuits in melted chocolate and add sprinkles

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