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    Traditional Shortbread

    Traditional Shortbread. Photo by Chef  Jazz

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    1 hr

    40 mins

    20 mins

    Houmous Monster's Note:

    This is Be-Ro recipe, my family's favorite cook book. These are a smash at Christmas and always one of the first cookies to disappear!

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    Serves: 15



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    1. 1
      Mix the flour and sugar first, and then rub in the butter.
    2. 2
      Knead the mixture until it becomes a smooth paste.
    3. 3
      Roll out till about 3/4 inch thick or 2cm thick.
    4. 4
      Cut into rectangles and decorate the top with a fork creating rows of holes.
    5. 5
      Transfer to a greased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes at 160°C (325°F/Gas Mark 3). They want to stay pale and light golden.
    6. 6
      In warm weather you may want to chill the cookies before baking.
    7. 7
      This recipe can also be used for petticoat tails. Just split the mixture in two and flatten into 7 inch rounds about a half inch thick (1cm). Mark top into 8 portions and decorate with a fork. Bake for 30 minutes.
    8. 8
      To use a shortbread mold: Mix a teaspoon of flour and a teaspoon of caster sugar. Grease the mold with oil and evenly sprinkle half the flour/sugar mix. Press the shortbread into the mold, and turn out onto a baking sheet before baking.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 13, 2012


      Perfect recipe! I used granulated sugar blended fine. I entered these cookies in the county fair & won first prize - thank-you!

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    • on September 02, 2011


      Great recipe. I accidently made the mixture into a bread crum texture at first but after adding some more butter it was fine. Because I didn't have any caster sugar I used granulated but they were still delicious. Used the recipe for 18 but it only made around 10. Overall though this was a great recipe.

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    • on August 28, 2010

      Excellent Shortbread recipe. I added a teaspoon or two of milk to make the mix a little softer and added some 100's and 1000's for something a little different and cut them into shape.

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    Nutritional Facts for Traditional Shortbread

    Serving Size: 1 (34 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 15

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 165.1
    Calories from Fat 84
    Total Fat 9.3 g
    Saturated Fat 5.8 g
    Cholesterol 24.3 mg
    Sodium 81.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 18.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 5.7 g
    Protein 1.8 g

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