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Christmas Shortbread Recipe

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Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Biscuits, Snacks
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Christmas Recipes, Easy Recipes, Shortbread
Servings: 30 biscuits
Calories: 70kcal
Author: Lauren


  • 2 x baking trays
  • Biscuit cutters


  • 250 grams butter softened
  • 125 grams caster sugar
  • 25 grams rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 375 grams plain flour


  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees and line 2 trays with baking paper.
  • Beat together the butter, sugar and rice flour until they turn white. Add the vanilla extract and continue to mix.
  • Gradually add the flour to the mixture, whilst continuing to mix on a low speed until a paste forms.
  • Turn mixture onto a cool bench dusted with flour and work until a smooth ball forms. I split my ball into two and place one in the fridge, covered in glad wrap.
  • Roll the other ball until apron 1cm thick and use cookie cutter to make desired shapes.
  • Bake in oven for approximately 10 -12 minutes until edges start to turn a golden brown.


  • Before starting this recipe, it's important that your butter is soft as it will take longer to combine with the sugar and rice flour if firm.
  • If making this recipe in a warm climate, you may need to place the dough into the fridge to chill, as the butter it contains will begin to melt quite quickly
  • For best results, I like to roll out half of the dough at a time (the other half  I put in the fridge) and I roll it onto a piece of baking paper. 
  • To transfer to your baking tray, I suggest using a metal egg flip as it has a 'crisper' edge to help keep the sides of your shortbread nice and clean.
  • This cooking time for this recipe is based on using an 8 cm wide cutter, if you are using a different shape/sized cutter, your baking time will vary.
  • To store, place in an airtight container in your pantry and enjoy within 10 days.
  • The cooked biscuits are also freezer friendly.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg