Quick and easy: Three-ingredie

Quick and easy: Three-ingredient buttery shortbread biscuits

These decadent buttery shortbread biscuits will crumble and melt in your mouth. They are so easy to make – you only need three ingredients and a bowl.

Quick and easy: Three-ingredie

Shortbread biscuits aren’t just for the holiday, they are for when you need to whip up something quick and easy to dip in your coffee. Make these deliciously rich, perfectly crumbly, melt in your mouth biscuits in just a few minutes.

If you do not use butter, although this is best for these biscuits, you can use baking margarine instead. If you do not have powdered sugar you can also use castor, brown or regular sugar. The dough can be rolled out and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. You can even make thumbprint cookies with jam. The possibilities are endless.

I like to use salted butter for this recipe and my favourite additions are a pinch of freshly chopped rosemary or macadamia nuts. This shortbread is also yummy dipped in or drizzled with chocolate.

Makes 16+ biscuits

Easy Shortbread Recipe

4 from 9 votes
Recipe by Lichelle Hawthorne Course: TreatsCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
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These delicious buttery bisuits are quick and easy and only require three ingredients.


  • 2 cups  all-purpose or cake flour

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 cup butter or salted butter (room temperature)


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a 23 cm square baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl cream together the soft butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. A fork will also work if you do not have a mixer.
  • Add the flour and mix until the dough just comes together.
  • Press the dough into the lined pan and prick the dough with a fork.
  • Bake for 16 – 20 minutes or until slightly golden.
  • While still warm, cut into squares or rectangles. Leave the shortbread until completely cooled. If desired dust with powdered sugar.


  • Get creative with the dough and add: chocolate chips; flavourings; lemon or orange zest; lavender or herbs; drief fruit such as cranberries; nuts or sprinkles.

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