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Easy Peasy Lemon Shortbread

Hi all,

After my technical failing this morning, I thought I would actually post something to try and smooth over it.

A couple of days ago, a friend asked me for the recipe to shortbread. I am a sucker for all things sweet far more than savoury and will gladly gobble up a plate of biscuits before touching crisps. So after looking at picture after picture of delicious looking shortbread, I decided to rustle some up for myself and my family. As my father is partial to lemon flavourings, I thought I would make some lemon shortbread instead of my normal vanilla.

It’s handy living in a house were two people bake, as there is always stuff in the house 😀 Of course, this means it’s disastrous for the diet lol!

So: Lemon Shortbread

125g Butter (room temperature)
55g Caster Sugar
180g Plain Flour
Few drops of lemon flavouring or a little fresh lemon juice.

1) In a bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar.

2) Gradually add the flour. It will get a bit tough at this point, and I usually use the flavouring to help bind the dough.

3) Add the drops of the flavouring gradually. Just enough to get the dough together.

4) Use a little bit of flour on the work surface and on the rolling pin. Roll out the dough to 1 inch – 1/2 inch thickness.

5) Cut out the shapes you want (I used a scone cutter) and place on a baking tray.

6) Place the tray in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

7) Once the cookies have had time to chill, place them in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes.

I normally take mine out when they are solid to tap with a finger nail or the tip of a knife but still have a slight bit of give as they will harden slightly as they cool. I also put a bit of sugar on top by using a pastry brush and a bit of water as glue. Then just sprinkling the sugar on top. (Put a tray or something underneath as it can get a wee bit messy lol!)

Let them cool and enjoy.

If you would like to see any other recipes or have any to suggest, please leave me a comment below 🙂

Cheers for now,



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This entry was posted on 10/14/2013 by in Cake, Comfort food, Cookies, Desserts, food and tagged , , , , , .
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