Holiday baking – Shortbread

It’s Christmas time and I thought I’d share some of my favourites to cook during December. Seriously though these are good any time of year.

First on the list is Shortbread. This is the recipe my Mum used and I have a feeling this is the recipe that comes from my Grandmother so it’s a proper Scottish one. I can’t remember if I’ve shared this one before but if I have, oh well, here it is again.


My Mum's shortbread recipe

  • Electric mixer
  • Baking trays
  • 185 g plain flour
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 125 g butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Preheat oven to 160C.

  2. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Set aside.

  3. Add all ingredients into mixer bowl.

  4. Mix until well combined. Mixture should form a smooth ball.

  5. Roll out until desired thickness (between 5mm and 15mm) and cut circles.

    Place on tray. Re-roll remain mixture and repeat until all dough is used.

  6. Cook for 20-30 minutes, until lightly golden.

  7. Let sit on tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

  8. Optional: sprinkle with extra caster sugar once cooked.

  • Can be mixed in a Thermomix. Add all ingredients, mix speed 4 for 10 seconds or until well combined.
  • To cook in an air fryer – 180C for about 10 minutes.
  • To cook in a traditional wooden mould. Flour your mould well. Tip out extra flour. Press dough into mould then turn out onto baking paper. Tap hard to release the dough. You may need to tap a few times.

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