Easy Shortbread Recipe

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An easy shortbread recipe

This very quick and easy shortbread recipe will stand you in good stead for last-minute sweet treats and birthday gifts. You sometimes need something up your sleeve don’t you when a gift has been forgotten – well this is absolutely perfect It has just 3 ingredients and is a quick and easy shortbread recipe / bake and works well for the most inexperienced of bakers, as it is also super simple  A bit of cellophane and a ribbon make this a gorgeous gift or present when you are out visiting too – what could be better for a housewarming gift than shortbread and a box of tea.?

You need only the very simplest of ingredients too and these will more than likely be found in your pantry.

Ingredients for this 3 ingredient quick and easy shortbread recipe

  • 250g/8 oz Butter
  • 125g/4 oz  Caster Sugar
  • 375g/12 oz  Plain flour

A how-to make Quck and Easy Shortbread Recipe:

Oh, this is all so simple! Just the way I like to bake – no fuss at all.

Start by Preheating your oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.            

  1. Beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth with a wooden spoon, make sure there are no lumps and bumps! It won’t take very long.
  2. Stir in the flour till you have a nice smooth consistency
  3. Add a handful of chocolate chips or 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel if you want a variation on flavour a bit of lemon peel is c great too and adds a tiny bit of crunch.
  4. Roll out then lift onto a greased baking dish
  5. Bake in the oven for 25  minutes, or until pale golden-brown.
  6. Prick all over with a fork and cut into slices
  7. Set aside to cool on a wire rack
  8. Sprinkle with sugar
  9. Cut into chunks/slices
  10. Munch or give as a gift (I like to do both!)

Now that is one easy shortbread recipe, right?

Easy Shortbread Recipe

Shortbread memories

My shortbread memories are all based around school actually I don’t think we ever had or made shortbread at home. That’s is quite off when I come to think of it – I wonder if my parents weren’t fans. I recall a lot of bourbons and fig rolls in my childhood – they both are icky ion my mind now!

We rarely baked when I was a kid which is a shame because it is such a lovely thing to do with children. I used to love baking shortbread in cookery at school. I found that a heavenly and warm vanilla scent would just fill the kitchen and it made me feel safe and happy.

Shortbread is a rather lovely, homely kind of bake I always think. It reminds me of marks and spencers and Christmas too – but that’s probably down to advertising! What are your shortbread memories?


Homemade easy shortbread gifting

I happen to think that my very easy shortbread recipe makes one of the best free baby gifts in the world Obviously NOT for baby but what a lovely buttery sugar boost for weary parents. Totally fabulous new parent gift idea right here and so inexpensive to make!

Not just for new parents or for Christmas though is it? I think easy Shortbread makes the very best gift no matter what time of year or what the occasion. It could go in a little cellophane bag. You could even buy a little shortbread tin. Tins are so useful to have and make your gift look so much more expensive and well-considered.

I love these shortbread tins

easy shortbread recipe


Just think you could keep your own stash in your handbag at all times and never be peckish again. So much cheaper than hitting the vending machine too isn’t it! And what a lovely thing to take into work and share around at coffee break. How very popular you would be with your work colleagues. You could even bribe the boss with it!

There nothing quite like an easy shortbread recipe to bring that feels good comforting vibe to a little snack.

Why is easy shortbread so popular?

Well, I think the reason that shortbread is so popular is actually down to its simplicity. It is vanilla, butter and sugar and these have to be the most inoffensive and delightful ingredients around. I do not know one person who dislikes shortbread ( except perhaps bizarrely my folks!)  Most everyone I know likes these ingredients and in combination honestly what could be better.


The history of shortbread

History tells us that shortbread originated in Scotland back in medieval times. Legend has it evolved  ‘from medieval biscuit bread, a twice-baked, enriched bread roll dusted with sugar and spices and hardened into a rusk.’ Gosh, that sounds absolutely delicious, doesn’t it? You can read a lot  more about this rich and tasty history of shortbread over at The Nibble (what an awesome name for a website hey!) 

This explains all those tartan tins you see around!


Why is shortbread called shortbread?

Oh you know  I had never thought about this before it’s an odd name isn’t it really…have you ever wondered why shortbread is called shortbread?  Well it’s very simple explanation really turns out it is because of the term short, when applied to biscuits, means crumbly and because of the amount of butter in shortbread, the biscuit is called short.  This is why the fat added to biscuits and pastries is called shortening. Isn’t that cool. Maybe we should call it crumbly bread!

Doesn’t quite work though does it?


Is shortbread easy to make?

Oh my goodness it really is- Shortbread is one of the very first things kids bake ast school, just a few ingredients and pretty much foolproof.  If you have nver tried it iI do urge you to give my easy shortbread recipe a go. You will never look back.


Baking this easy shortbread recipe with kids

It is so easy to bake this easy shortbread recipe with kids and a truly loving thing too.

Ah, so many benefits to kids baking shortbread with kids.

From a sensory perspective, baking is a lovely way to help children relax, It is also a great way for them to feel really proud of their achievements and that they are contributing. On another level baking benefits kids as they learnt to read instructions and work on weighing and measuring. I even take mine to buy the ingredients too so they can learn a little about money., Baking really does have many benefits for kids and this super easy recipe makes it non-intimidating for them too.

Plus if you teach them well enough they may even bake you a batch for your birthday!


Can you freeze shortbread?

yes you can freeze shortbread. It will freeze for up to 3 months. Once defrosted though do not refreeze your shortbread.

How long does homemade shortbread keep?

Ah ! Our easy shortbread recipe has a nice long shelf life, Shortbread can keep up to 4 weeks in an air tight container. The air tight bit is really important!

easy shortbread


Do let me know how you get on with this quick and easy shortbread

I do hope you enjoy this very quick and easy shortbread recipe! I love it, I love anything simple to make baking accessible and easy and fun. Let me know how you get on making this easy shortbread recipe  in the comments below.

Take a peek here for more of my bakes and find a host more foodie fun on my Eat Simply blog

I do hope you have enjoyed this speedy shortbread recipe


More quick and easy shortbread ideas

Lemon posset with shortbread

Ultra creamy lemon puddings with sweet, crumbly shortbread cookies – so so scrummy!



Or how about this lemon shortbread recipe form the very lovely Chris at Thinly Spread?

Or how about this book on 50 easy shortbread recipe ideas – you could make a new batch every week couldn’t you?



School Fairs with this easy Shortbread recipe

If you are looking for more idea of homemade things to sell at school fairs ( or even online) do check out this great post on crafts that make money It is brimful of brilliant ideas including bath bombs, bath salts, candles and bowls made form leaves. Do take a peek


Shortbread Scented Candles

I dont know about you but one of my favourite things about shortbread is the scent. I just think that it absolutely deliciously lovely.

If you have no time to whip up a bathc of easy shortbread DO have a light of this shortbread candle instead. It is perfect (especilly if you are trying to sell your house!)


shortbread candle


This shortbread scented candle is avaiable from amazon and just sounds totally  scrumptious to me!  These low calories daydreams costs around £10


FAQ on an easy shortbread recipe

Because it is so simple is taste compromised?

Not at all it is delicious – give this easy shortbread recipe and it’s many variations a try


Will it work everytime?

It has never failed me yet!


Is shortbread luxe enough for a gift idea?

Oh it really is, it is smooth and creamy and almost everyone loves it so yes I would say unless your recipeint is dairy free this shoudl go down a treat


Vegan easy shortbread recipe

You can find a lovely vegan shortbread recipe over at loving it vegan

You absolutely sdio not have to miss out if you are vegan and shortbread – well it is scrumptious pretty much however you make it


Over to you – do you have an easy shortbread recipe?

Do you have a quick and easy shortbread recipe to share – if so I would absolutely love to see it? Do drop me a comment below and a link to your easy shortbread recipe too if you have one. I can’t wait to read it if you do!





  1. May 1, 2012 / 10:28

    Oh, not only look delicious…but three ingredients brilliant!

  2. maria hackett
    May 19, 2012 / 15:06

    looks yummy!! i know what im having this evening with my tea 🙂

  3. Susan MArtin
    May 21, 2012 / 12:47

    Oh wow my favorite, love this

    going to try this win my kids get home from school

    Thanks for this

  4. Niveen Maynard
    September 26, 2012 / 16:42

    Working at a school and needed a quick and easy shortbread recipe and I found this. It’s great and will be very easy for the children to learn and make!!

  5. April 9, 2014 / 18:28

    I especially love the shape of your shortbread. It’s great and simple and you are right it works to give as gifts.

    thank you for linking up with #FridayFoodie – pinned and shared. x
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