Monday 6 May 2013

Lemon Shortbread Biscuits

Lemon shortbread cookies with icing sugar.

One of my all time favourite biscuit recipes, I've made these more times than I can remember! In fact, I rustled up another batch this past weekend as we were expecting a couple of visitors and and I knew that these buttery biscuits would be just the thing to serve with the tea. 

Easy lemon shortbread cookies.

The dough uses just a few basic ingredients and can be made up in minutes, all in your kitchen mixer. It can also be made up in advance (if you wanted to prepare it first thing in the morning but only bake it later in the day), just wrap it up well in some plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge until needed. Store any leftover biscuits (leftovers, really?) in an airtight container and they'll be fine for a good few days, although they don't usually last longer than that in our house!

If you don't have fresh lemons on hand I'm sure orange rind would work just as well, or leave it out altogether.

EDIT: In August 2017 I made these biscuits on the Expresso Show. You can check out the video by clicking HERE



Makes about 26 biscuits

Delicious lemon cookies.

150g butter
80g castor sugar
3 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
200g plain flour
1/8 teaspoon fine salt

Step 1.) Place the butter and castor sugar together in a bowl and cream until combined and fluffy. Mix in the lemon rind.

Step 2.) Add the flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Continue to mix until you have a smooth dough.

Step 3.) Roll the dough into a log approximately 30cm long. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. While the dough is chilling you can preheat your oven to 170°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. 

Step 4.) Cut the log into 1cm slices and arrange these on your prepared baking tray. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden. (Special tip: I like to turn the tray after 10 minutes to ensure the biscuits bake evenly. )

Step 5.) Transfer the biscuits to a cooling rack and dust with icing sugar just before serving. 

Easy lemon shortbread cookies.


  1. Just popped these in the fridge. The mixture tastes awesome even before it has been in the oven.

    1. Happy baking Jenni! Licking the bowl is one of the best bits. ;)

    2. I made these last week for the office, they went down a treat! I decorated them with icing made from icing sugar and lemon juice - yummy :)

  2. These are amazing. I have made shortbread a million times but none come together quite so well as these ones. Delicious, crisp ands just the right amount of sweetness. Quick and fool proof. Every time they take exactly prodding and poking. Are they cooked ? aren't they? Simply fabulous Thank you

    1. Thank you, yes I have made these more times than I can count and they always go down a treat!