Easy Shortbread Recipe (with 3 delicious variations)

The most perfectly delicious and easy shortbread recipe… as well as 3 yummy variations, including chocolate chip shortbread, chocolate dipped shortbread with pistachios and cranberries, and chocolate covered shortbread with sugar ball decorations.

Easy Shortbread Recipe

Whether or not to make shortbread at Christmas time, is not even a question in our house. Although to be honest, I think I actually love the process of making shortbread and cutting out cute little Christmassy shapes as much as I like eating it! As I’m sure you know by now, I am possibly the worlds most indecisive person. I am terrible at making decisions… particularly when it comes to food.

Easy Shortbread Recipe

So when I decided to make shortbread, I ummed and ahhed about what type to make and in the end decided that it was easier to just make four different variations rather than having to decide on one (do you like the logic of a person with a serious lack of decision-making skills?). And it occurred to me that surely I’m not the only indecisive person in the world (hopefully not anyway!!) and some of you may also need four shortbread flavour variations too!

Easy Shortbread Recipe

I made one batch of basic shortbread mixture and then divided it into four to make my different variations. If you’re wanting to make gifts or if you have a hungry family, then you could just choose to make a batch of each. The instructions included below are for a full batch using that variation. And of course, there are Thermomix and conventional instructions included!

 

How to make our easy shortbread recipe

First of all we have our plain, simple and totally delicious basic shortbread recipe. This is the classic variation – just like your grandma would have made. It’s oh-so-perfect. I used to teach with the most amazing shortbread maker ever. My shortbread is melt-in-your-mouth yumminess but hers was out of this world (I think it was her Scottish touch!). Simply follow the instructions in the recipe below to make this version.

Easy Shortbread Recipe


Easy Shortbread Recipe

Variation 1: Chocolate Chip Shortbread Recipe

For those of us who are little chocolate addicts, then this version is perfect! Pop 1 cup of mini chocolate chips into your shortbread mixture before rolling out and cutting into shapes. Mmm chocolate and shortbread…. does it get any better?

Easy Shortbread Recipe


Easy Shortbread Recipe

Variation 2: White Chocolate Dipped Shortbread with Crushed Pistachios and Cranberries

Hands-down my favourite Christmas flavour combination is white chocolate with pistachios and cranberries. To make this variation, simply cut your shortbread dough into long skinny bars before cooking. If you’re a little bit crazy like me, you can very carefully neaten up the sides with a sharp knife when the shortbread comes out of the oven and is still warm (totally not necessary, but you get lovely and perfectly straight lines). When the shortbread has cooled, simply dip one end of each bar into 150g of melted chocolate and sprinkle over 50g crushed pistachios and 50g dried cranberries (I used my Thermomix for this, but a food processor would work just as well).

Easy Shortbread Recipe


Easy Shortbread Recipe

Variation 3: Chocolate Coated Shortbread with Sugar Ball Decorations

Simply make your shortbread according to the basic recipe and when cooled, use a knife to spread 200g of melted chocolate over the top, sides and bottoms of your shortbread cookies and decorate with sugar balls (or sprinkles!). Place onto baking paper to set. Please note: the chocolate will dry quickly so it’s best to cover one biscuit at a time in the chocolate and decorate it immediately. If the melted chocolate starts to set while you’re still using it, then simply pop it back into the microwave for a further 30 seconds on 50% power.

Easy Shortbread Recipe


Easy Shortbread Recipe

So there you have it… the indecisive girl’s guide to making shortbread at Christmas time!

Easy Shortbread Recipe

Which is your favourite variation of this easy shortbread recipe?

1 Super Easy Shortbread Recipe 4 Ways

The most perfectly delicious and easy shortbread recipe... as well as 3 yummy variations (which will all leave you drooling and coming back for more!).
Course Biscuits
Cuisine Baking, Biscuits/Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30
Author Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 250 g butter
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 375 g plain flour
  • 60 g rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius.
  2. Line two trays with baking paper.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a medium sized bowl until pale and creamy.
  4. Sift over the rice flour, plain flour and salt.
  5. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  6. Place onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth.
  7. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 3mm thick disk.
  8. Use a cookie cutter to cut into Christmas shapes or rounds (or cut into long thin bars if making variation 3).
  9. Place onto the prepared trays and and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until lightly golden (swap trays halfway through cooking).
  10. Leave to cool completely on trays.
  11. Dust with caster sugar (or ice according to above variations).
  12. * Please note that if you're using one of the variations that uses melted chocolate, simply pop the chocolate melts into the microwave on 50% power for 3 minutes - stirring every 30 seconds.

Easy Shortbread Recipe – Thermomix Instructions (adapted from EDC book)

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius.
2. Line two trays with baking paper.
3. Place all ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix 10 seconds/Speed 6.
4. Knead for 20 seconds or until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
5. Place onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth.
6. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 3mm thick disk.
7. Use a cookie cutter to cut into Christmas shapes or rounds (or cut into long thin bars if making variation 3).
8. Place onto the prepared trays and and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until lightly golden (swap trays halfway through cooking).
9. Leave to cool completely on trays.
10. Dust with caster sugar (or ice according to above variations).

 

51 thoughts on “Easy Shortbread Recipe (with 3 delicious variations)”

  1. I think I’d have to go with the chocolate chips, but because I’m a chocaholic I might just have to make chocolate shortbread too! Having said that, they all look Christmas delicious, no wonder it was so hard to decide!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh nice one Sammie! That’s a great idea!

  2. Cute post! I reckon I’d go for the chocolate chip one – YUM!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oooh yes!! Nice one!

  3. Danielle l says:

    Your versions look great, but as much as I like using my cookie cutters I just don’t like to eat shortbread or gingerbread! I make a chocolate biscuit instead for my Christmas Cookie Cutting fun!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oooh thats a lovely idea!! I never used to like gingerbread but now I love it!

  4. OK if I HAVE to choose one it would be the chocolate dipped shortbread because it’s soon Christmassy. Closely followed by a traditional one thank you very much 🙂

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Nice choices!!! 🙂

  5. Yum, Yum, Yum & Yum!
    Luce I would happily eat/devour any of these delicious looking shortbreads. I wish we lived closer to each other so we could do a cookie swap morning tea. I can think of quite a few people we could invite! xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Absolutely!! How fun would that be!

  6. I will have all four please 😉 Your recipes always look amazing! AND you looked amazing on Saturday night! I simply loved meeting you – so wonderful to finally catch up in person xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Right back at you! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you too Josefa! xx

  7. I am SUCH a shortbread lover that I really shouldn’t learn how to make this because I’d just eat it all – thanks for the recipe – it would make a great gift!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hehe yes you should make it – then you can eat it all day and night!! 🙂

  8. These all look amazing, Lucy. Especially the pistachio one. It is a thing of beauty. I’ve been tempted to make shortbread in the past, but I’ve always thought it too tricky and would probably end in tears lol. Maybe I should give your easy recipe a go … Visiting via #teamIBOT

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks Renee! Oh no do it, do it!!! So easy!!

  9. I love shortbread! Thank you for the recipe! I’m in a pickle this year though coz I am trying to lose weight. Such a hard thing to do at this time! 😉 xo

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      No problem at all! Yes Christmas is a terrible time for all those extra calories isn’t it!!

  10. Its posts like this that make me ‘forget’ that I need to eat gluten/dairy free.

    I would defiantly take all four, but space them out throughout the day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and cheeky bedtime treat! (if they last that long in my possession – in all honesty I would hear them all call my name throughout the day and I’d slam them down do fast just to give them a merciful death 😉 )

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      That sounds like a wonderful idea! Hehe yes I know exactly what you mean!!

  11. The choc dipped with pistachios and cranberries have me !
    Though I attempted to make shortbread once and it was rock hard that I’ve never attempted again 🙁

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh no!! That’s no good. It’s definitely meant to melt in your mouth! xx

  12. I would definitely go for the chocolate chip version as I am a chocoholic. Now I have the tough decision between making shortbread or gingerbread this Christmas Eve with the kids …I guess I could make both!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hehe yes the choc chip version is super yum! Do it!!

  13. They are so cute! I love the idea of the dipped ones too! 😀 Shortbread always reminds me of Christmas too!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh thanks Lorraine xx

  14. Oooh I LOVE shortbread. I think I would take all 4, they all look and sound fantastic. Thanks for the recipe, I’ve never tried to make it myself but I might give it a try.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Haha you sound as indecisive as me!! 🙂

  15. See I’ve never been a fan of shortbread really. I think it’s because I don’t like butter, or things that taste buttery.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Really!! Oh my goodness Jess!! What are we going to do with you?? 🙂 xx

  16. I love making shortbread with my girls. We wrap them up for gifts for teachers, neighbours and family. It’s a bit of a tradition in our house.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      How lovely is that! They really do make such great presents!

  17. Grace says:

    Oh my. Genius. Sheer genius! I love the chic chip option. I am so grateful that your blog is giving me so many great ideas for Christmas lunch! x

  18. They ALL look so good! I think I’d go the pistachio & cranberry version, how perfectly Christmassy! Thanks for joining the linkup again lovely xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks so much Liz!

  19. Lauren says:

    Shortbread is one of my FAVOURITE things about Christmas.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Me too!

  20. Shari says:

    Here is a great way to use up any shortbread that is broken and not fit for serving or giving as gifts… My Christmas bark… http://www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/recipe-sweet-swap.html

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Fantastic idea!! So clever Shari 🙂

  21. Love all of them. Nothing gets me more in the xmas mood than making shortbread!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Totally agree! Shortbread making at Christmas is the best!!

  22. Anne says:

    Shortbread (the making and especially the eating of it) is one of the best things about Christmas – although of course you can have it any time of the year. But it just seems really special at Christmas.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Yes exactly!!

  23. Oooh loving the white chocolate, pistachio and cranberry dipped shortbread. Looks incredible. I saw this combination in rocky road recently. My kids will love your mini choc chip combination! Thanks.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks! The choc chip ones are very yummy!!

  24. My husband is always in charge of making the shortbread in our house because he has a family recipe passed down from his Scottish ancestors. I must show him these variations!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      The Scottish are definitely the best shortbread makers!!!

      1. Thanks for linking up with my Christmas Link Party. xx

  25. Simone says:

    Hi,
    My mixture has turned out really dry and won’t stick together to kneed. Any suggestions?

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Simone, don’t worry! Shortbread mixture is meant to be crumbly! Thats a good thing! If you’re finding it really difficult, add 1tsp softened butter and knead it in. Try not to overwork the dough though! xx

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