Sweet sweet Friday: Lee’s Shortbread

My mother-in-law makes the best shortbread. Really, she does, I’m not just trying to butter her up before Christmas. She makes masses of it, cut into huge, palm-sized slabs. This time next week I am hoping to be eating a piece with a nice cup of tea and doing the crossword. Here’s the recipe so you can hopefully do the same.

Lee’s Shortbread
Lee doesn’t flavour her shortbread but when I made a batch recently I added some powdered kawkawa, a Maori herb traditionally used as a tonic for its liver-cleansing properties. It has a pleasantly green, peppery flavour (and makes the shortbread pale green, which is pretty). You can find it here.

250g butter, softened but not melted
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup cornflour
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 170C. Cream butter and sugar, either with a wooden spoon (and a strong arm) or in an electric mixer. Sift the dry ingredients and add, mixing well. Turn the mixture on to the bench and knead briefly to combine.
Usually, Lee forms the dough into a sausage shape, wraps it in clingfilm and sticks it in the fridge for 15 minutes. Then she cuts off rounds about 1cm thick and places them on a tray.
At Christmas time, she rolls the dough out on a well-floured bench and uses a biscuit cutter to make stars. She then places them on a tray and puts the tray in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Whichever method you choose, prick each biscuit with a fork before baking for 15-20 minutes. The shortbread is cooked when it is firm to touch and starting to turn golden. Remove from the trays and let cool on a rack. Makes lots.

Have a sweet, sweet weekend, everyone. It’s going to be wet and cold here, perfect baking weather!



  1. December 15, 2011 / 5:40 pm

    oh I love your little snow angels… so pretty. That shortbread recipe does indeed sound good. I'm feeling a batch coming on for the weekend… thank Lee for me wont you love x

  2. December 15, 2011 / 6:31 pm

    Brilliant, love the addition of a good tonic to the shortbread. That's just the sort of thing idea to make me feel better about stuffing down too many goodies!!! Thinking I shall make some orange shortbread for Christmas.

  3. December 15, 2011 / 8:11 pm

    What a beautiful, beautiful picture! Have a very happy Christmas- enjoy the delicious shortbread!

  4. December 15, 2011 / 8:56 pm

    Looking at post wondering how date is Fri 16th then remembered you're on other side of world. Modern technology eh! Love the post Lucy

  5. December 16, 2011 / 7:47 pm

    Looks gorgeous. Sometimes simplicity is absolutely the best thing and these look wonderful.

    Enjoy your baking weather – coming just at the right time for some festive baking!

  6. December 19, 2011 / 8:41 am

    i made some of these earlier today, after losing my family recipe. in a way, im glad it was lost because these were delicious 🙂

  7. December 23, 2011 / 8:27 am

    I'm such a dork. I was all like, "Oh, pineapple-shaped shortbread! How quirky, and what a nice way to make a northern hemispherey Christmas treat summery!"

  8. April 24, 2012 / 2:36 pm

    That's just the sort of thing idea to make me feel better about stuffing down too many goodies

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