Scrummy Shortbread


March 15, 2013 by Hannah

This recipe is unique among the many I have tried, in that the biscuits hold their shape when put into the oven without needing to be chilled in the fridge before hand. They’re crisp, buttery, perfect with tea and highly addictive!

Ingredients:                               image

280g/ 10oz Plain Flour

200g/ 7 1/2oz Cold Butter (diced)

100g/ 3 1/2 oz Icing Sugar

2 Egg Yolks (Freeze the egg whites for another time)


1) Preheat the oven at 200 *C/ Fan 180*C.

2) Place the sieved flour and butter in an electric mixer. Mix at a medium speed until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

3) Add the icing sugar and egg yolks and mix slowly until the mixture forms a stiff dough.

4) Roll out onto a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shape. Don’t roll them too thinly!

5) Place on a baking tray or two (don’t crowd them) and bake for about 10 mins. Don’t worry if they still seem a little soft when they come out because they firm up once they’re out of the oven.

Someone who won’t be receiving any treats this weekend is a certain black cat, who I found sunbathing on my cabbage seedlings!


Bad kitty!

7 thoughts on “Scrummy Shortbread

  1. elaine says:

    The shortbread looks yummy. Were you able to rescue your squashed seedlings – naughty puss.

  2. Hi Hannah, I love your blog. I have just made a nice homemade hot chocolate so I can now put my feet up and read some more.

    By the way, I would be well fed up with your cat…hope your seeds are ok.

    • Hannah says:

      Thanks, that’s lovely to hear I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Milly the naughty kitty was subject to a stern telling off. The seedlings are picking themselves up though, they’re amazing really considering they’re so small.

  3. pianolearner says:

    Naughty cat! Those shortbread look tasty. I have never tried using egg yolks in shortbread, but will give them a try. I often use spelt flour which gives a nice flavour. (P.S I’m also known as wellyman BTW)

    • Hannah says:

      Very nice to meet you Wellyman. You may have heard that I’m already in awe of your abilities in the garden and now that I see you’re a musician to boot I’m thoroughly envious of Wellywoman. My own Wellyman is a bit more of a ComfySlipperMan, but I can’t deny that his weeding ability is second to none once he gets going!

      The egg yolks seem to help it hold it’s shape, although I was certainly doubtful before trying it. Thanks for the comment:)

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