I love shortbread but couldn’t make it to save my life until I was passed this super simple recipe by my friend Melanie. These are the easiest biscuits to make as they only involve three ingredients, butter, sugar and flour. They make great impromptu gifts. I buy see-through presentation bags from Lakeland and then tie with a nice piece of ribbon. At Christmas you can use Christmassy cutters – bells, Christmas trees and simple fairies work well (nothing too intricate). Simple rounds with half the biscuit dipped in melted plain chocolate and then set in the fridge also look good.
Makes about 24 (you’ll need two square baking trays, mine are 33 cm square without sides)
- 250g pack of butter (salted), or just add a good pinch of salt to unsalted butter
- 110g caster sugar
- 360g plain flour
Preheat the oven to 170oC fan.
Melt the butter in the microwave or in a saucepan on the hob. Add the flour and caster sugar and mix to combine with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a ball.
Tip the dough onto a well-floured work surface. Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough out until it is half a cm thick. Then cut out the biscuits with a 6cm round cutter and lift carefully from the work surface onto a baking tray with a pallet knife.
Collect up the remaining dough and form into another ball and repeat the process, rolling and cutting until all the dough is used up.
Bake the biscuits for 10-15 minutes. You want them to be a light golden colour and not dark around the edges so I check frequently after the 10 minute mark. Remove the biscuits from the tray with a pallet knife onto a cooling rack and don’t store them away in a tin until they are completely cool.
When I said ‘super easy’ I may have exaggerated just a little bit. The slightly tricky part of this recipe is that the dough is very sticky so you will need to work quite quickly and use plenty of flour on the work surface and rolling pin. If the biscuits do stick don’t panic, just scrunch the dough up into another ball and start again. Unlike pastry this shouldn’t ruin the result.