Easy Shortbread Recipe

Easy Shortbread Recipe with White Chocolate and Dried Raspberries

This easy shortbread recipe is quick and simple to make. It consists of buttery, crumbly shortbread containing dried raspberries and nuggets of white chocolate. It is topped with a white chocolate drizzle and a sprinkling of dried raspberries. This is one of those brilliant recipes which needs very little effort but which looks impressive and tastes delicious.

I like to think of this recipe as a half-way house to Millionaire’s Shortbread. The white chocolate drizzle adds a richness to the shortbread but is lighter than a full-on caramel and chocolate topping. The dried raspberries also have a slight sharpness which goes perfectly with the white chocolate and prevents the shortbread being overwhelmingly sweet.

What you need to know about Shortbread with White Chocolate and Dried Raspberries
  • Making the basic shortbread is really easy which makes it perfect for those who are not experienced bakers. It is also a great recipe if you want to cook with younger children or for older children to cook by themselves. The only slightly more complicated bit is adding the white chocolate drizzle (step 8).
  • The basic shortbread recipe is quick to make – from bowl to table in under half an hour. This makes it great for a bit of spontaneous weekend baking but also good if you suddenly need to make something quickly. However, you do need to allow time for the white chocolate drizzle to cool and set.
  • The quantities in this recipe make eight thick pieces of shortbread. However, it is really easy to make more by doubling the ingredients and either using two 20 cm (8 inch) pie tins or one 30 cm (12 inch) tin. Make sure that the depth of the mixture in the tin is about one cm (half an inch).
  • I always use butter in this recipe as I prefer the flavour. However, if you are a vegan or wish to avoid dairy products, you can use a non-dairy substitute instead of the butter.
Shortbread with White Chocolate and Dried Raspberries
What you need to know about using white chocolate in this recipe
  • White chocolate is made from cocoa butter, sugar and milk solids. It does not does not contain cocoa solids. Therefore, it is not technically a chocolate in the way as milk or dark chocolate. It does not really have a chocolatey flavour, and is often flavoured with vanilla, but it has a similar “mouth feel” to other kinds of chocolate as it contains cocoa butter.
  • When you cut up the chunks of white chocolate to include in the shortbread (step 4) you need to make sure the pieces are not too small. Very small chunks will melt down during the baking process and you will not have delicious nuggets of chocolate in your finished shortbread. A good guide is to aim for each of your chunks to be about the size of a raisin.
  • You need to be careful when you are melting the white chocolate to make the drizzle on top of the shortbread (step 8). Make sure that you melt it very gently as, if you overheat it, it can turn lumpy or grainy. I generally melt my white chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave. I make sure that I keep the power low and only microwave the chocolate for a few seconds at a time. However, if you do not regularly melt white chocolate and want to be sure to avoid the mixture going lumpy, using a double boiler or putting it in a bowl over a saucepan of warm water is an easier way to keep control of the temperature. 
  • Once you have melted your white chocolate, you need to work pretty quickly to get it onto your shortbread. However, if it starts to set, you just need to add a bit of heat – either in the microwave or in a double boiler – to loosen it up again.
  • How you drizzle your chocolate depends on your equipment, time and expertise. If you want to make relatively even lines of chocolate, you can use a piping bag. Otherwise, you can just drizzle the chocolate over the shortbread using a teaspoon. It doesn’t need to be perfect to look good. The lines of chocolate in my photographs are certainly not even but, with a sprinkle of dark pink dried raspberries, I think they look quite artistic (in a Jackson Pollock kind of way…)
Other easy biscuit (cookie) recipes

Baking shortbread or biscuits (cookies) is a really good place to start for inexperienced bakers. They are generally very easy and do not take very long to bake. You might also like my Lavender Shortbread, Almond Shortbread with Rosewater or my simple Lemon Biscuits (Cookies). If you want something a bit different, then you could try my Ginger Biscuits (Cookies) made with oats and stem ginger. I also have a great Cheese Biscuit recipe, which you can make with or without chilli, if you want a savoury snack.

Other tea-time treats

Another good starting point for new bakers (or experienced bakers looking for an quick route to deliciousness!) is the loaf cake. I am a big cheerleader for loaf cakes. They are quick, easy, versatile and do not require any extra icing or decoration (unless you want to do it). If you want a basic everyday cake, look no further than a loaf cake. They are also a great base for experimenting with flavours which is a big reason for me to love them! Here are some of my favourites.

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Shortbread with White Chocolate and Dried Raspberries

Easy Shortbread Recipe with White Chocolate and Dried Raspberries

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pieces of shortbread 1x
  • Category: Biscuits (Cookies)
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This easy Shortbread recipe is made extra-special with the addition of white chocolate and dried raspberries.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 180 g (6 oz) plain flour

  • 125 g (4 oz) butter

  • 55 g (2 oz) caster sugar

  • 60 g (2 oz) ground almonds

  • 125 g (4 oz) white chocolate or white chocolate chips

  • 4 tablespoons of dried raspberries

     


Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 180 C, 350 F or Gas Mark 4. 
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl.  Add the butter and combine –  either by “rubbing in” by hand or processing – until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. 
  3. Stir in the sugar and the ground almonds.
  4. Coarsely chop half of the white chocolate (60g or 2 oz) and add it to the mixture.  Stir in half of the dried raspberries (2 tablespoons).
  5. Tip the mixture into a 20 cm (8 inch) loose-based pie tin.   Press the mixture into the tin using the back of a spoon.   
  6. Put the tin into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.   The shortbread will be done when it is light golden brown in colour.
  7. Remove from the oven.  Score the shortbread into segments eight segments using a sharp knife. Allow the shortbread to cool in the tin.
  8. Melt the remaining half of the white chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave or over a “double-boiler”.  Drizzle it over the top of the shortbread and then sprinkle with the remaining dried raspberries.

 


Keywords: shortbread, white chocolate, raspberry

This recipe has been shared on #CookBlogShare with Lost in F00d and #Fiesta Friday with Fiesta Friday and  Liz @ Spades, Spatulas & Spoons

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Almond Shortbread with Rosewater

Easy Almond Shortbread recipe flavoured with Rosewater

If you have never baked in your life, this easy Almond Shortbread recipe with a hint of rose flavour, is a fantastic place to start. It is buttery, soft and crumbly and made in under half an hour. Perfect for a morning snack or a teatime treat.

I always add ground almonds to my shortbread as I think they improve both the flavour and texture. Homemade shortbread has a softer texture than the shop-bought version and, if you make your own, you can play around with the flavours a bit. I am a big fan of rose-flavoured recipes and decided to add a bit of rosewater to my usual easy shortbread recipe. I was really pleased with the result which manages to be both comfortingly familiar and a little bit different.

Almond shortbread

What you need to know about Almond Shortbread

  • This is a really easy recipe which makes it perfect for those who are not experienced bakers. It is also a great recipe if you want to cook with younger children or for older children to cook by themselves. I made a version of this recipe (without the rosewater) when I was in primary school whenever we visited by grandfather who was extremely fond of shortbread.
  • It is also a very quick recipe – from bowl to table in under half an hour. This makes it great for a bit of spontaneous weekend baking but also good if you suddenly need to make something quickly. It has saved the day for me on several occasions when I have realised that I have not produced anything for the school bake sale. Not many baked goods can be produced in the time it takes to have breakfast.
  • The quantities in this recipe make eight thick pieces of shortbread. However, it is really easy to make more by doubling the ingredients and either using two 20 cm (8 inch) pie tins or one 30 cm (12 inch) tin. Make sure that the depth of the mixture in the tin is about one cm (half an inch).
  • I always use butter in this recipe as I prefer the flavour. However, if you are a vegan or wish to avoid dairy products, you can use a non-dairy substitute instead of the butter.
  • In this recipe, I flavoured my shortbread with culinary rosewater, which is available from most supermarkets. However, if you prefer a plain shortbread you can just leave it out.
Almond shortbread

Other rose-flavoured recipes

I love to use rosewater as a flavouring. If you are inspired by this shortbread recipe, you might like to have a look at my Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake as another teatime treat. For dessert, you could try Rose and Raspberry Pavlova, Rose Meringues or fragrant Rose Ice-cream.

Other easy shortbread and biscuit recipes

Baking shortbread or biscuits (cookies) is a really good place to start for inexperienced bakers. They are generally very easy and do not take very long to bake. If you like this recipe, you might also like my Lavender Shortbread or simple Lemon Biscuits (Cookies). I also have a great Cheese Biscuit recipe, which you can make with or without chilli, if you want a savoury snack.

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Almond shortbread

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Almond shortbread

Almond Shortbread with Rosewater

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pieces of shortbread 1x
  • Category: Biscuits
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This simple Almond Shortbread, flavoured with rosewater, is soft and crumbly and made in under half an hour.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 180 g (6 oz) plain flour
  • 125 g (4 oz) butter
  • 55 g (2 oz) caster sugar
  • 60 g (2 oz) ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon of culinary rosewater
  • A little extra caster sugar

Almond shortbread


Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 180 C, 350 F or Gas Mark 4. 
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl.  Add the butter and combine –  either by “rubbing in” by hand or processing – until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.  
  3. Stir in the sugar and the ground almonds.
  4. Add the rosewater.
  5. Tip the mixture into a 20 cm (8 inch) loose-based pie tin.   Press the mixture into the tin using the back of a spoon.   
  6. Put the tin into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.   The shortbread will be done when it is light golden brown in colour.
  7. Remove from the oven.  Score the shortbread into segments eight segments using a sharp knife.  Sprinkle with a little caster sugar while still warm.  Allow the shortbread to cool in the tin.

Keywords: shortbread, almond, rose, easy

This recipe has been shared on #CookBlogShare with the Lost in Food and #Fiesta Friday with Fiesta Friday  and  Laurena @ Life Diet Health

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Ginger Biscuits (Ginger Cookies)

Easy Ginger Biscuits (Ginger Cookies)

These easy Ginger Biscuits are a bit different from a traditional ginger cookie or ginger biscuit recipe. I think of them as a cross between a flapjack and a brandy-snap. They are very quick to bake, only 10 minutes in the oven, and have a base of oats with sugar and butter, a small amount of flour and an egg. The ginger flavour comes from finely chopped pieces of stem ginger that are added to the mixture. Flaked almonds also give a bit of extra crunch and nuttiness.

This recipe is based on one that my mother used to make. She used candied peel, rather than stem ginger, in her recipe. I am not a huge fan of candied peel and I had a half-used jar of stem ginger left over from Christmas so I decided to try make a ginger-flavoured version. I was also looking for a baking recipe that did not use a lot of flour as I am finding it hard to get hold of this at the moment.

These Ginger Biscuits have a subtle ginger flavour which even those who are not big ginger fans seem to like. The biscuits themselves are chewy with a bit of crunch around the edges and are sweet and buttery.

Things you need to know about these Ginger Biscuits (Ginger Cookies)
  • They are very quick and easy to make. Just mix all the ingredients together and pop them in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • The only slightly tricky stage is getting the cooked biscuits off the baking tray. The key is to make sure that the baking tray is very well greased and that you do not try and take the biscuits off immediately they come out of the oven (they will be too soft) or leave it too long (they will be welded to the baking tray!). If you leave it for about 5 minutes, that is just about right and it should be quite straightforward to get them off.
  • Don’t leave out the pinch of salt. It makes a big difference to the taste of the biscuits as it balances out the sweetness.
  • They are very versatile. Have them with a cup of morning coffee or afternoon tea. Add them to lunch boxes. Or they are also a very nice addition to a bowl of ice cream.
  • I used stem ginger for this recipe. This is candied ginger in its own syrup which you can buy in most supermarkets. It is one of my favourite ingredients as a little goes a long way and, in addition to the globes of sweet ginger, you can also use the syrup as a flavouring. However, if you do not have stem ginger to hand, you could use pieces of crystallised ginger which can be found in the baking aisle in most supermarkets.
  • If ginger is not your thing, you could substitute the stem ginger for the same amount of mixed peel. Or you could just leave out the ginger and you would still have a delicious, oaty, buttery biscuit.
Other teatime treats

If you are a fan of ginger, you might like my Ginger and Pear Cake or Gingerbread Loaf Cake . If you are in the mood for a different kind of biscuit, you could try my Lavender Shortbread or Lemon Biscuits. Or if you are a savoury kind of person then Cheese Biscuits might hit the spot. I also have a lot of recipes for very easy loaf cakes including St Clement’s Cake, Apple Cake, Coconut Cake, Blood Orange Cake, Cherry and Almond Cake, Earl Grey Cake, Latte Cake with Salted Caramel, Lavender Cake, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Rhubarb Crumble Cake and Rum Banana Bread.

Ginger Biscuits
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Ginger Biscuits

Ginger Biscuits (Ginger Cookies)

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 30 biscuits or cookies 1x
  • Category: Biscuits
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

These quick and easy Ginger Biscuits (or Ginger Cookies) are crisp and buttery with a subtle note of ginger.


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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 100 g (4 oz) rolled oats

  • 100 g (4 oz) soft brown sugar

  • 100 g (4 oz) caster sugar

  • 1 tablespoon flour

  • 25 g  (1 oz) flaked almonds
  • Salt

  • 100 g (4 oz) butter

  • 1 egg
  • 50 g (2 oz) stem ginger

     


Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 170 C, 325 F or Gas Mark 3.
  2. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment.  Pour half a teaspoon of vegetable oil onto each sheet and spread over the entire surface using your fingers or a pastry brush.
  3. Put the rolled oats, soft brown sugar, caster sugar, flour, almonds and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Melt the butter in a microwave or in a small saucepan.  Add the melted butter to the dry ingredients.  Then stir in the egg.
  5. Finely chop the stem ginger and add it to the mixture.
  6. Drop teaspoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets making sure that you leave a four centimetre gap between each one as they will spread out when they are in the oven.
  7. Put the baking sheets into the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and allow the biscuits to cool on them for five minutes before removing them with a palette knife or spatula.  Place them on a baking rack to cool completely.

Ginger Biscuits


Keywords: biscuits, cookies, ginger, easy

This recipe has been shared on #CookBlogShare with Recipes Made Easy and #Fiesta Friday with Fiesta Friday and Antonia @ Zoale.com and Zeba @ Food For The Soul.

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Cheese Biscuits

Home-made Cheese Biscuits with Chilli

These Cheese Biscuits with Chilli are a heated-up version of a basic cheese biscuit recipe. They are fantastic as a snack with drinks as they are deliciously cheesy and pack a big load of chilli heat. I think they go particularly well with a beer!

I have been making the basic biscuits for years and if you are not a lover of spicy food, you can leave out the chilli. If you are serving them with wine, the non-spicy version might be better. Or you could do a batch and put chilli in one half.

I have a taste for savoury, salty snacks, which I try to moderate generally and indulge occasionally. One of the good things about making your own snacks is that you are in control of the salt levels. Adding strong flavour elements, such as chilli, also helps with this as it means that the snacks have a powerful hit of flavour without being overly salty.

Whether you are looking for a plate of snacks ready for a box-set binge evening or for a drinks party, these Cheese Biscuits with Chilli are fantastic. They will keep in a sealed tin for several days once baked. Even better, you can keep the dough in the refridgerator for a week and slice and cook the biscuits when you want to eat them. You can also freeze the dough for several months. I always prepare a large batch of cheese biscuit dough in the run-up to Christmas and refridgerate or freeze which means that I can have freshly baked home-made biscuits within minutes.

If you are in a snacking mood, you might also like to try my recipes for Spiced Nuts and Marinated Feta. Both are really easy and are great at a party or if you are just watching television with a cold beer!

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Cheese Biscuits

Cheese Biscuits

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 plus 60 minutes rest time
  • Yield: Around 30 biscuits 1x
  • Category: Biscuits
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Whether you make these Cheese Biscuits with or without chilli, they are a fantastic snack with drinks or for a box-set binge.  The dough can be kept in the fridge or freezer and baked whenever you feel like fresh home-made biscuits.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 100 g butter (at room temperature)
  • 100 g strong cheese (eg Cheddar)
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes

 


Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until combined to form a dough.
  2. Roll the dough into a sausage shape, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge to chill for an hour.
  3. Set your oven to 180 degrees C or Gas Mark 4.
  4. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut across to form disks approximately 1 cm thick.
  5. Place the disks on a greased baking tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes until golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and place the biscuits on a baking rack to cool.

Notes

  • If you don’t like chilli, you can leave it out.  The plain, cheese biscuits are delicious too! 
  • The baked biscuits will keep for several days in an air-tight tin.
  • The dough can be kept in the fridge for a week.  So that you can cut it into discs and bake for home-made biscuits within minutes.
  • The dough can also be frozen for several months.

Keywords: biscuits, cookies, savoury biscuits, chilli, cheese biscuits

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Lavender Shortbread

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Lavender Shortbread

I love lavender!  I grow several varieties in my garden and look forward to the first hot day of the year when you get a waft of lavender scent on the air and know that summer is truly here.   Lavender Shortbread is an excellent way of capturing the essence of this beautiful, fragrant plant.

Lavender has many culinary uses and its fragrance works well in a variety of sweet and savoury dishes.   However, you do have to be a bit careful though as lavender is a very strongly scented plant and, if you use too much, it can overwhelm other flavours.  For this reason, I think it is best used on its own rather than in combination with other aromatics.

Plain shortbread is  delicious – it should have a fairly soft, crumbly texture –   but it also makes great vehicle to showcase a range of flavours,  including lavender, rose geranium, thyme, rosemary and lemon verbena.   It is a great accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee and is also a good partner with ice-cream or sorbet.

About Lavender

The English word lavender is thought to be derived either from Old French lavandre which is taken from the Latin lavare “to wash” which refers to the practice of using it in infusions or from the Latin livere “blueish” in reference to its colour.   Lavender (“nard” in Hebrew) is mentioned in the Song of Solomon. 

It was introduced into England in the 1600s.  At that time, it was used to make herb tea which was appreciated for its taste and for its medicinal properties.   It was also used to make a conserve which was prized by members of the aristocracy including, allegedly, Queen Elizabeth 1.    Although lavender is often now associated with southern French cuisine, it was not widely used until the turn of the 20th century and its use was popularised only later  by its inclusion in the 1970s in herbes de Provence, a blend of herbs invented by spice wholesalers.

Lavender Shortbread

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Lavender Shortbread

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 biscuits 1x
  • Category: Biscuits
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

These crumbly shortbread biscuits, delicately flavoured with lavender, are fantastic as an accompaniment to ice-cream or sorbet – or just with a cup of tea!


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Ingredients

  • 125 g butter
  • 55 g sugar
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 20 g cornflour
  • 60 g ground almonds
  • 4 fresh lavender buds (or 2 tablespoons culinary lavender)
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Lavender shortbread

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 200 C/400 F/Gas Mark 6.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  3. Add the flour, cornflour and ground almonds and combine.
  4. Detach the small lavender flowers from their stalks and add them to the mixture.
  5. Roll out the shortbread dough to a thickness of approximately 0.5 cm.
  6. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes from the dough.
  7. Put the dough shapes onto a greased baking tray.
  8. Bake the shortbread dough shapes for 15 minutes.  They will be done when they are firm to the touch and light golden in colour.
  9. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
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Lavender shortbread

Notes

If you are using fresh lavender buds, make sure that they have not been treated with any chemicals.  Do not use shop-bought flowers unless they are specifically designated as “culinary lavender”.

Keywords: lavender, shortbread, lavender shortbread, lavender biscuits, lavender hearts, lavender cookies

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