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Vanilla Shortbread

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: baking
Author: Karon


  • 350 g/14oz plain flour all purpose flour
  • 50 g/2oz cornflour or rice flour
  • 100 g/4oz caster sugar superfine sugar
  • 225 g/9oz butter unsalted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 Line a baking sheet
  • Sift the flours into a nice big bowl so you have room to work and make a well in the centre.
  • Put the sugar in the middle and the butter and vanilla extract (make sure it is soft enough to work with).
  • Rub the butter into the sugar and then bring in the flours until you have a good dough.
  • Divide this into two pieces and then roll them out on your baking tray into two rounds.
  • Prick all over with a fork and pinch the edges just to finish them off prettily. Now score into quarters or eighths with a knife but don't cut all the way through.
  • Bake for about 40 - 45 minutes or until nicely golden.
  • Sprinkle with caster sugar and cool on a wire rack. Gently break on the score lines to make the traditional triangles.