Baking shortbread

Baking Shortbread

Baking shortbread

  • 3
  • 30
  • 2.00 - 5.00

About this activity

A lifelong family favourite is shortbread. Easy and quick to make and just as quick to eat: :->

Cooking involves very few ingredients but also is fun with cutting out shapes and seeing the results quickly 

What you will need

  • Rolling pin
  • Mixing bowl
  • Shape cutters (optional)
  • Wooden spoon
  • baking tray, Foil/Greaseproof paper 
  • Cooking scales
  • 125g/4oz butter
  • 55g/2oz caster sugar, plus little extra to finish
  • 180g/6oz plain flour, plus a little extra for surface prep



I find when cooking with kids preparation is king. Have everything you need in one place so you don't need to leave them alone

Make sure the surface your are preparing is clean and clear of anything you don't want to be covered in flour/sugar or butter

Measure our the ingredients on the scales. Best done without kids around as you find little fingers trying to help mean you will never get an accurate measure!!!! Now is a good time to put the oven on (190C/375F/Gas 5) a prepare the baking tray with foil/greaseproof paper. 

Aprons on the kids keeps everything clean and for a little drama add a kids chefs hat. Don't forget to wash hands before you begin!!


Mix sugar and butter Sugar and butter

If you have just taken the butter from the fridge you may want to warm is slightly in the microwave or in a bowel sitting in warm water. 

Now mix/beat the sugar and the butter together into a smooth paste in the mixing bowl 

Sugar and butter

Mix in the flour

Stir in the flour to get a smooth paste.

Now sprinkle some spare flour onto the roller and surface you are about to place the mixture onto to make sure nothing sticks 

Turn on to a work surface and gently roll out until the paste is 1cm/½in thick


Cutting shapes and into the oven

Now cut out the shapes with easier shape cutters on a blunt knife and transfer onto the baking tray lined with either foil or greaseproof paper. 

Before placing into the oven sprinkle with a little caster sugar.

Place into a hot oven (190C/375F/Gas 5) for 15-20 minutes into pale golden brown then take out and leave on the side to cool.

Now survey the mess you have made and clear up quickly before anyone notices :->

Cutting out