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Traditional Simple Shortbread Biscuits

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Traditional Simple Shortbread Biscuits

Origin of Shortbread

Shortbread originated in Scotland. Shortbread is derived from a medieval biscuit bread, which was a twice-baked, enriched bread roll dusted with sugar and spices and hardened into a hard, dry, sweetened biscuit called a rusk.

Yield: 24 depending on size

Traditional Simple Shortbread Biscuits

Shortbread Biscuits cut into fingers and pricked with a fork

A perfectly crumbly, irresistibly buttery, and wonderfully delicious, Scottish Shortbread has been a year-round favorite treat for centuries and a cookie that melts in the mouth!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 250 g butter
  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • ¼ cup icing sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 2 cups flour


Beat both sugars with butter until light and fluffy.

Add oil, mix well, and then add the vanilla and sifted flour.

Make into a soft dough, press into a prepared baking tray.

Prick with a fork and bake at 160C / 320 F for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven, sprinkle with castor sugar, cut into squares or fingers.


Prepared, tried, and tested Jennifer Govender Bisnath from SA Tasty Recipes - Saffas Daily Recipes

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 230Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 30mgSodium 90mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 2g

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Read more about Shortbread history

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2 thoughts on “Traditional Simple Shortbread Biscuits”

  1. I love shortbread so when I saw this I was like yummy yes please. I managed to find a few years ago a gluten free shortbread and it was also delicious. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Bree, I am glad you will try this out! We have a number of other Shortbread Biscuits on the blog as well. Enjoy it and thanks for popping in and commmennting.


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