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Easy Shortbread

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Introduction

This recipe is taken from my Mum's old school textbook; "The young homemaker" by Angela Creese. A very easy, simple recipe with ingredients that are always to hand and a taste that is sure to please. This recipe is easily doubled.

This recipe is taken from my Mum's old school textbook; "The young homemaker" by Angela Creese. A very easy, simple recipe with ingredients that are always to hand and a taste that is sure to please. This recipe is easily doubled.

Ingredients

Serves: 10

Metric Cups
  • 150 grams plain flour
  • 100 grams margarine
  • 50 grams caster sugar
  • 5 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces margarine
  • 2 ounces superfine sugar

Method

Easy Shortbread is a community recipe submitted by Evie and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Preheat oven 160C.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl. Gradually mix in the flour. Using your hands knead the mix together into a smooth ball.
  • Roll out to about 1/2 cm thick. Cut out your shapes and place on baking tray.
  • Bake for 10-15min. Sprinkle with a little sugar while they cool.
  • Preheat oven 160C.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl. Gradually mix in the flour. Using your hands knead the mix together into a smooth ball.
  • Roll out to about 1/2 cm thick. Cut out your shapes and place on baking tray.
  • Bake for 10-15min. Sprinkle with a little sugar while they cool.
  • Tell us what you think

    What 14 Others have said

    • I used salted butter instead of margerine I can't stop making them they are gorgeous

      Posted by Lynnipinny on 18th February 2016
    • i like this recipe and so does my kids i have always used the longer recipes but i am going to use this 1 from know on

      Posted by kwkate12 on 26th September 2015
    • Hi thanks for this I was looking Forman easy recipe to convert to gluten free flour and this was perfect.

      Posted by Skinnylizzie on 25th June 2014
    • How many will this serve? my cutout men are 4 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide... how much will I need for baking 12 men!

      Posted by Mary661 on 9th December 2013
    • I found that after all the ingredients were mixed together it was very difficult to roll out because it was too sticky! What do I do? Will putting it in cling wrap in the fridge for 30 mins help?

      Posted by Cbrunt on 17th December 2013
    • I have just made this but added a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a handful of chopped almonds and 6 chopped dates - lovely with a cup of tea. Thank you

      Posted by Bevked on 28th October 2013
    • I tried this recipe out and it was great, if a little too floury and crumbly. I solve this problem by reducing the amount of flour to 125g. Another trick is to put the dough (already rolled, on a baking tray) in the fridge for 30 minutes before baking - this makes it easier to cut the shapes and gives it a slightly chewier texture.

      Posted by Orangeherb on 20th October 2013
    • I made two batches of this and put it together good quality but quite buttery

      Posted by megives28 on 8th October 2013
    • I love this recipe. It is easily to bake and also easy to bite.

      Posted by nuha nuwairi on 1st August 2013
    • This recipe was really easy to follow and I found it quick and easy to make. Once cooked, the shortbread tasted delicious!

      Posted by Madsie on 30th June 2013
    • Use this recipe every year at Christmas to make my 3d shortbread trees... Always get great results and compliments... Highly recommend everyone to try it!

      Posted by Aurora88 on 20th June 2013
    • Perfect! Managed this with my wriggly baby under my arm! Baby is now asleep and I am eating them with a nice cup of tea. :-)

      Posted by Sherlocksmummy on 11th April 2013
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