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Easy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Shortbread Cookies

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  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 30 min


A timeless recipe. The Easy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Shortbread Cookies are as simple as they are delicious, making them the perfect treat for any occasion.



For the cookies

  • 200 g butter
  • 85 g castor sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 225 g all-purpose flour

Flavour your cookies: optional

  • A generous pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp dash of vanilla extract

Decorate your cookies:

  • Raw pecans, walnuts, sprinkles/100s and 1000s


  1. Oven: Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) and position the rack in the centre.
    Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 155°C (350°F). I use this air fryer, but also love this one
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together 200g of butter and 85g of caster sugar until the mixture is fluffy and pale. Add a pinch of salt and fold it into the mixture and, optionally, sprinkle in a bit of freshly grated nutmeg and a dash of vanilla extract for an extra layer of flavour. See our FAQs above for more ideas on adding flavour!
  3. Sift 225g of all-purpose flour into the mixture, gently combining the mixture with a rubber spatula until a smooth dough forms. Do not overmix.
  4. If using a biscuit press, allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes. This will stop the cookies spreading and losing their shape. Follow the instructions on your cookie press, then add the dough as directed. Press the cookies onto a silicone or baking paper-lined cookie sheet.
  5. If hand-rolling the cookies: portion the cookies into small balls, about 20g in weight, and smaller than a golf ball. Place the dough on a lined cookie sheet and press a pecan or walnut into the middle of the dough ball to flatten it slightly. Alternatively, press the dough ball down with your hand, flatten to out 1cm thick, or use a fork for a ridged effect. Top with sprinkles or chopped nuts if desired. Be sure to leave space between the cookies so they don’t bake into each other.
  6. Oven: Bake at 200°C (392°F) for 10–15 minutes or until the edges turn a light golden brown. Ensure it’s placed in the centre of the oven for even baking.
  7. Air Fryer: Cook at 155°C (356°F) for 15-18 minutes, checking occasionally for desired doneness. When air frying, it is especially important to check the underside of the cookie to check it’s baked through. All air fryers are different, so yours may need a little more time than mine.
  8. Once baked, allow the biscuits to cool on a wire rack before savoring the delightful buttery goodness.


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  • Prep Time: <15 min
  • Cook Time: 10–15 min
  • Category: Baked Goods

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