Super-easy shortbread

A tasty morning or afternoon snack to enjoy with a cup of tea.
A tasty morning or afternoon snack to enjoy with a cup of tea. Source: Getty

A nice cup of tea with friends is always best accompanied with a tasty snack, and what better snack than some old-fashioned shortbread. This very simple recipe can be prepared ahead of time for an upcoming afternoon tea or on the day for a last minute catch-up. With a hint of sweetness, the taste is not overpowering, and will bring back memories of reaching for the biscuit tin as a kid. 

The delicious treat can also be stored in an airtight container for up to one week. 


  • 300g butter softened
  • 140g caster sugar, plus extra 4 tbsp
  • 300g plain flour 
  • 140g rice flour 


  1. Cream butter and 120g sugar in food processor.
  2. Add both flours and combine well.
  3. Spread mixture onto a 20 x 30 x 4cm baking tray using hands and cover with a sheet of cling wrap. Place in fridge and leave to rest for a minimum of 30 minutes. 
  4. After mixture has rest for a while, remove cling wrap and mark gently with a fork.
  5. Use remaining sugar to sprinkle over mixture before baking in a preheated 180c oven for 20 to 25 minutes. 
  6. Once cooked, put aside to cool and then cut into thin slices. 

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