Traditional Shortbread Recipe

This shortbread recipe consists of 3 basic ingredients and butter is the key.


1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup caster (or granulated) sugar
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

Extra sugar to sprinkle


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar and beat until pale, light and fluffy.

Mix in the flour until the dough is smooth.

Once smooth, on a clean surface roll it out to 1/2 inch thick.

Cut dough into 2 x 4 inch rectangles and place on a clean baking sheet.

Note: you can also press the mixture into a baking tin and cut after.

Poke holes in the top with a fork.

Sprinkle with extra caster sugar.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until pale golden and when done, cool on a wire rack.

If you baked in a cake pan, cut into pieces before serving.

Store in an airtight tin.