celebrating 130 years 1884-2014


By Chelsea Sugar
20 servings
  • 23 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 10 mins
  • Cooking time 25 mins
  • Serves

    250g butter, softened
    3/4 cup Chelsea Icing Sugar
    1/2 cup cornflour
    1 1/2 cups standard flour
    Chelsea Coffee Sugar Crystals for decoration 


    Preheat oven to 150°C bake (140°C fan forced).  Grease oven tray or line with baking paper.

    Beat butter and Chelsea Icing Sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in cornflour and flour until the mixture comes together and forms a dough.  

    On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1 cm thick and cut into shapes using biscuit cutters.  Alternatively, roll dough into a log and slice into rounds, using a floured knife to prevent sticking. Sprinkle with Chelsea Coffee Sugar Crystals if desired and press down gently.  

    Place on prepared tray and bake 25 – 30 minutes, until shortbread is pale but crisp. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

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Average Rating
(23 reviews)

This recipe is the best shortbread I have ever tasted!!!

I absolutely love it and my kids loved it also can't wait to have more!!! Thanks!!!

So sad! the whole tray of cookies melted together ad made a puddle of buttery mess.
CHELSEA: Hi there, sorry to hear this recipe didn't work out for you. Our key tips to ensure shortbread biscuit success are to make sure you only soften (not melt) the butter, bake the cookies in the centre of the oven and ensure the oven temperature isn't too hot.

Didn't work out for me. Given proportions resulted in a very soft dough which should have set the alarm bells. I formed it into a roll and chilled in the freezer for a while and was able to work with it to slice rounds. In the oven the butter melted, the biscuits all melded into one another - complete fail. So I compared other shortbread recipes. Edmonds Cookbook for instance calls for 250 g of butter and four cups of dry ingredients. This recipe calls for the same amount of butter and 2 3/4 cups of the same dry ingredients. I think this recipe is flawed and I'm disappointed I trusted it.
CHELSEA: Hi there, sorry to hear you've had a bad experience with this recipe. We recently tested this recipe when we made the video for it and found it to be one of the best shortbread recipes we've tried! It has similar ratios of ingredients to other shortbread recipes found online. Our top shortbread-making tips are to make sure the butter is just softened (not melted), the oven isn't too hot and the cookies are baked in the middle of the oven.

I'm assuming so, but can the uncooked dough be frozen?
CHELSEA: Yes it can, enjoy :-)

Yum Yum Yum- best shortbread ever

This is a fabulous receipe. It is my go to one for shortbread. I knead it a bit after mixing and before rolling in to a log shape and then refrigerating. When it is cold, slice it, thick or thin, whatever takes your fancy. Great mixture for rolling out and cutting into shapes for Christmas baking etc.
Everyone loves it and sometimes I add cocoa to make it chocolate shortbread.

Great shortbread recipe!

Could I use riceflour instead of cornflour?
CHELSEA: Hi there, yes you could use rice flour in place of the cornflour. The resulting shortbread may be a little crunchier.

The easiest most delicious shortbread ever. I have never had a failure with this recipe, although I always have to add a little more flour and cornflour.

I have been meaning to make shortbread bikkies for ages -
finally tried at half past midnight tonight & am presently
tasting the end product.. which is yummy.
and so quick to make.

This is the most perfect shortbread recipe. My child took this to camp and was a huge hit with all the children!!

I would recommend this to everyone and every occasion.

Lovely shortbread recipe, very buttery and just the right crunch factor!

Really easy and turns out great.

Lovely shortbread recipe.

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love this shortbread recipe, so easy and quick to make and easy to eat.

Shortbread is amazing! I love eating it and literally can't stop! Awesome recipe!

Made these on the weekend so easy to make added cranberries to the mix and they were delish!

Amazing I LOVED IT yummy as well ;)

It was very delicious. My grandchildren loved making it with me! Full of amazing buttery goodness. 5/5!

Great and delicious

this is awesome totally gonna try it sure it will be great

Made several different shortbread recipes, this the best excellent blend sweetness butteriness crunch. Baked for 20 min at 150c very little color but perfect time.

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Delicious and buttery

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