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Vanilla shortbread biscuit recipe

Vanilla shortbread biscuit recipe

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These sweet little shortbread biscuits are such a simple bake - they're great for parties and double up as a foodie Christmas gift, too. Baked until golden and sprinkled with some vanilla sugar, this shortbread biscuit recipe is sure to hit the spot. See method

  • Serves 20
  • 20 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 71 calories / serving


  • 150g plain flour
  • 100g butter
  • 50g vanilla sugar

For the vanilla sugar

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 225g caster sugar

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    4g 6%
  • Saturates

    2g 12%
  • Sugars

    3g 3%
  • Salt

    0g 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 8.3g Protein 0.7g Fibre 0.3g


  1. To make the vanilla sugar, whizz the vanilla pod and sugar in a blender. Pour through a sieve and blend again. Store in an airtight jar.
  2. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Place the flour and butter in a bowl and rub together to form crumbs. Add the vanilla sugar and mix to form a dough. Roll out the dough. Using a star-shaped cutter, cut out stars and place on a baking tray lined with nonstick baking paper.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes until just golden. Sprinkle with vanilla sugar. Leave to cool. Keep these shortbread biscuits for up to 1 week in a tin.
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