Recipe | Lemon shortbread

Just 4 ingredients make this delicious, melt-in-the-mouth lemon shortbread

Recipe for lemon shortbread wedges

The original recipe I used for this bake was for lemon and ginger shortbread. I’m not the greatest fan of ginger, so just left that ingredient out. I also don’t have the tin the original recipe recommends for this bake (more on that below), but my alternative tin certainly didn’t impact the flavour of the shortbread πŸ™‚

Ingredients (makes 12 slices of shortbread)

  • 100 g / 3.5 oz butter, plus a little more for greasing your tin
  • 50 g / 1.5 oz caster sugar, plus a little extra for dusting
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 175 g / 6 oz plain flour

How to make lemon shortbread wedges


Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees C (or 130 if you have a fan oven)/ Gas Mark 2/ 300 degrees F. Grease and line a circular baking tin. The original recipe recommends using a 22-cm loose-bottomed fluted tart tin. I don’t happen to have one of those, so I used my 22.5-cm/9-inch circular springform tin. Apart from not giving the shortbread nicely crinkled edges, it did a fine job. And if you don’t have a loose-bottomed/springform tin, I wouldn’t worry. If you line your round tin properly, you should be able to run a knife around the edge of your baked shortbread and lift it out of the baking tin.

Beat the butter until soft. If you have an electric mixer, I’d let it do the hard work. Once soft, add the sugar and the grated lemon zest. Stir to combine. You really do need to use all the zest from a large lemon. Even using all the zest you can see in the picture below, the resulting lemon flavour was subtle.

How to make lemon shortbread lemon rind

Stir in the flour. I let the mixer do an initial stir to get something on the verge of resembling a dough.

How to make lemon shortbread mixing

Then I took the bowl off the mixing stand and finished the mixing using my hands to bring the dough together.

How to make lemon shortbread dough

Flatten the dough into your tin until you have a smooth, even layer. Prick the top of the dough with a fork several times (I may have gone a bit far… but I liked the pattern!).

How to make lemon shortbread baking

Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes before turning out of your tin (careful not to burn yourself). Turn onto a cutting board and slice into wedges.

How to make lemon shortbread freshly made

Recipe for lemon shortbread

And that’s it! This will be ok to store for 2 weeks in an airtight container. But I doubt it will last that long!

How to make lemon shortbread recipe uk

This lemon shortbread melts in the mouth and goes perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee.


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Claire Huston / Art and Soul


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