Donna Hay easy shortbread

24 Dec

shortbread recipe - the hungry mum

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged this recipe yet! I have made this shortbread for every Christmas for years and years and have always had perfect results.

It is buttery, melt-in-the-mouth and a cinch to make. I often bake it then package it into tins for friends and neighbours. It keeps for ages – if it hasn’t been gobbled up by then!

As shortbread is so firmly associated with Christmas it is always gratefully received at festive parties and barbecues, too.

This is simple enough to throw together for a last minute Christmas party, for Christmas Day, or to give as a gift.

After baking your own shortbread recipe you will never buy the shop version again.

I urge you to make this easy shortbread recipe this Christmas – with just five easy to come by ingredients and baking time of 40 minutes it is the easiest Christmas dish you could possibly make.


180 grams cold butter, diced

¾ cup caster sugar

1 cup cornflour, sifted

1 ½ cups plain flour

1 egg

shortbread - the hungry mum


Preheat oven to 160 C and grease and line a shallow 20cm x 30 cm baking tin with non-stick baking paper.

Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and blitz until smooth.

Tip the dough into the tin and press down evenly then gently score into bars.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until lightly golden. Leave in tin until completely cool.

shortbread. The Hungry Mum


9 Responses to “Donna Hay easy shortbread”

  1. Laura (PA Pict) December 24, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    I might make this today as, thanks to some unexpected issues, my schedule went to pot this week and I’m way behind in my festive baking. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Anita Kushwaha December 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    They look delicious! I bake shortbread for my mom every year. 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  3. Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn December 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    So delicious and festive!! Perfect for the holidays 🙂

  4. indusinternationalkitchen December 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    Love that you bake this in the tin by just scoring them beforehand. sounds much easier than regular cookies which is a lot of work! Happy Holidays!

    • The Hungry Mum January 11, 2016 at 9:52 am #

      It is so quick and easy and I love making it 🙂

  5. MyKabulKitchen December 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    Looks yummy! Easy to pack in tins and send as treats to neighbors 🙂

  6. Anna @ shenANNAgans December 26, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    Shortbread is a household fave for us too, although not just at Christmas time, we love it any time. 🙂 Hope you have had a wonderful Christmas / Boxing Day.


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