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Scottish Vanilla Shortbread

A rich and buttery biscuit that tastes much better than shop bought versions!


  • 160g plain flour
  • 100g chilled butter
  • 65g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Step 1

Tip the flour into a food processor.

Step 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

Step 3

Add the egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla then mix to form a small dough. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour

Step 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.

Step 5

Cut out the biscuits using the cutter stamp and place them on a greased baking tray.

Step 6

Place in the middle shelf of the oven and bake for approximately 8 minutes or until lightly browned.

Step 7

Transfer the biscuits onto a cooling rack to cool.