Scottish Vanilla Shortbread

12 people
01h 20
00h 08

This rich and buttery shortbread biscuit tastes much better than shop bought versions and also makes a thoughtful gift.

Ingredients and Method


  • 160g Plain flour
  • 100g Chilled butter
  • 65g Golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 Large egg


  1. Tip the flour into a food processor.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and drop them into the bowl. Mix until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. If you do not have a food processor, place the flour and butter in a mixing bowl and combine using your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla then mix to form a small dough. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. To bake, preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / gas mark 4. Roll the dough to 3mm thickness on a lightly dusted surface.
  5. Cut out the biscuits using the cutter stamp and place them on a greased baking tray.
  6. Place in the middle shelf of the oven and bake for approximately 8 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Transfer the biscuits onto a cooling rack to cool.