Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

So simple to make and so yummy. The dough will quite happily sit in the fridge for a week, so you can bake off as much as you want when you want.


  1. Put butter and sugar together in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add flour and using your hands, gradually work it until the mixture forms a smooth dough. Roll into a sausage shape about 30cm long. Pat the sides to form either a square or a triangular log.
  2. Sprinkle a thick layer of demerara sugar on a piece of baking parchment. Press each side of the dough into the sugar to coat it.
  3. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes until firm.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to Gas 3. Remove dough from cling film and cut into thick slices. Place slightly apart on a non-stick baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes, until they are just starting to brown.


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For the Americans: 6 oz butter = 12 tbsp (1 ½ sticks), 3.5 oz caster sugar = ½ cup white sugar, 9 oz plain flour = 2 cup all-purpose flour, and Gas Mark 3 = 325°F (160°C).

DrGaellon October 21, 2008

Turned out great!

hedi777 October 02, 2009

A very nice shortbread cookie. I made mine into squares although I think my 'sausage' must have been longer than 30cm bc I ended up with nearly 40 little cookies - they still took 20 minutes to bake even though they were smaller than recommended.

Brooke the Cook in WI April 24, 2009

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