Proper Shortbread

September 12, 2014

Author Notes: Classic shortbread, made with just four ingredients. londonbakes

Makes: 12 to 16 cookies
Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 30 min


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
In This Recipe


  1. Using either a wooden spoon or an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (at least 5 - 10 minutes)
  2. Mix in the flour and the salt until completely incorporated; you may need to knead the dough together if it's looking a little crumbly (as you would pastry) but it should stick together. Add a splash of milk if it's really not working for you.
  3. Roll the dough out thinly and cut it into shapes, rounds, or fingers. Place in the fridge for half an hour or so, until firm. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  4. Sprinkle the tops with sugar, chopped nuts, or cocoa nibs.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or so, until just golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to stand on the baking tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

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