The Famous 3 Ingredient Shortbread Recipe

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you’ll ever make… all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!

Any recipe that only has 3 ingredients is a winner in my books (I love them so much that I even put together a collection of all my favourite 3 ingredient dessert recipes – check them out here!). But back to the shortbread!!!!

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!

This is the famous 3 ingredient shortbread recipe. It’s the easiest 1,2,3 recipe and you absolutely can’t go wrong. It’s SO simple!!!

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!

What you need for the 3 ingredient shortbread recipe:

  • butter
  • icing sugar
  • plain flour

….. 1,2,3…. so easy!

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!

How to make our shortbread recipe:

  1. Start off by beating the butter until it’s pale and creamy.
  2. Slowly add in the sifted icing sugar and beat through.
  3. Add the sifted plain flour and mix with the beaters on low (the mixture should be crumbly).
  4. Gently knead and roll the mixture on a floured board or bench and then cut into shapes using cookie cutters.
  5. Bake in a 160 degrees celsius (fan-forced) oven until ever so slightly golden (about 12-15 minutes), remove and allow to cool.

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!

Tips for making shortbread:

  • sift the icing sugar and plain flour
  • don’t overwork the dough
  • chill the dough before cooking
  • don’t overcook the shortbread – it should only just have a light tinge of colour once cooked

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!

Our shortbread recipe makes the perfect Christmas gift for a friend, neighbour or teacher. Simply wrap it up, add a ribbon and you’re set to go!

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!

For more great Christmas recipes, check out my collection of homemade Christmas food gifts. 

 

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Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!

3 Ingredient Shortbread Recipe - Conventional Method

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!
Course baking, Biscuits, Christmas, Cookies, sweets
Cuisine Biscuits/Cookies, Christmas, sweets
Keyword shortbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 35 cookies
Author Lucy Mathieson

Ingredients

  • 340 g (3 sticks) butter
  • 130 g (1 cup) icing sugar
  • 375 g (3 cups) plain flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Line two large flat baking trays with baking paper and set aside. 

  2. Beat the butter in a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium until smooth (approximately 30 seconds). 

  3. Slowly add the icing sugar and continue mixing until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. 

  4. Add the flour and mix on low speed until combined (please note that the mixture will be crumbly at this stage). 

  5. Gently knead the dough into a ball (but don't overwork it) and then roll out to 1/2-1 cm thick. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough shapes out. 

  6. Place the shapes onto the prepared trays and bake for 12-15 minutes or until only just very lightly golden (do not overcook). 

  7. Allow to cool on the trays for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 

 

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!

3 Ingredient Shortbread Recipe - Thermomix Method

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!
Course baking, Biscuits, Christmas, Cookies, sweets
Cuisine Biscuits/Cookies, Christmas, sweets
Keyword shortbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 35 cookies
Author Lucy Mathieson

Ingredients

  • 130 g (1 cup) icing sugar
  • 340 g (3 sticks) butter
  • 375 g (3 cups) plain flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Line two large flat baking trays with baking paper and set aside. 

  2. Place the icing sugar into the Thermomix bowl and mix on Speed 8, 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the butter and plain flour. 

  3. Mix on Speed 6, 10-15 seconds and then on Interval/Knead function for 1 minute.

  4. Gently knead the dough into a ball (but don't overwork it) and then roll out to 1/2-1 cm thick. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough shapes out. 

  5. Place the shapes onto the prepared trays and bake for 12-15 minutes or until only just very lightly golden (do not overcook). 

  6. Allow to cool on the trays for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!

Our 3 ingredient shortbread recipe is the easiest shortbread you'll ever make... all you need is butter, plain flour and icing sugar!

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