Traditional Christmas Shortbread Cookies

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Traditional shortbread is deliciously sweet and salty, crisp and buttery. This recipe is made with rice flour giving it that authentic crunch.

Traditional Shortbread Cookies
Traditional Shortbread Cookies

Each Christmas I make multiple batches of shortbread cookies. I like to give the scored shortbread rounds as gifts to neighbours and friends. The recipe I use is really simple to make and always works beautifully. These shortbread cookies are perfectly buttery and crisp with just the right level of sweetness. I’ve been using the same recipe since I was a teenager so I thought I would share it with readers today.

Original Shortbread Cookies Recipe

It may seem like a cheat, but this recipe is actually printed on the back of the McKenzie rice flour packet.  Its been on the packet for the last 40 years that I know about. I’ve adjusted the method so that it can be made even more quickly and easily in Thermomix.

As someone who has made A LOT of shortbread over the years, trust me when I say this recipe is the best! I’ve tried other shortbread recipes which don’t include rice flavour and I find they’re missing the traditional shortbread cookie crunch.

Traditional Christmas Shortbread
Traditional Christmas Shortbread

Shortbread Tips & Watchpoints

  • The shortness of the cookie comes from the butter-to-flour ratio. The ratio in this recipe is perfect and results in a crisp, rich, and buttery shortbread.  This means the cookie dough is really delicate prior to cooking.
  • If you find the dough too soft to work with simply wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. The butter will firm up and the dough will be easier to roll.
  • The dough should always remain cold. If it gets too warm the butter seeps into the flour. (instead of coating the flour) This will result in a tough biscuit.
  • I always roll my dough between two pieces of plastic wrap so that I don’t need to add additional flour to the bench or rolling pin. This means there is no extra flour incorporated in the dough which may affect the butter-to-flour ratio.
  • Using some plastic wrap on the bench also makes it easier to transfer the delicate cookies from the bench to the baking sheet.
Thermomix Shortbread
Thermomix Shortbread

Shortbread Hamper Presentation Ideas

These shortbread cookies were actually baked on mini pizza trays. I got the idea from the Traditional Petticoat shortbread which is presented in rounds like these. I scalloped the edges of the cookie by pressing my two thumbs into the edge and drawing them together to slightly pinch the dough together.

The result is this traditional style petticoat shortbread. I also scored the shortbread prior to cooking so it can be broken on the lines and shared. The fork pricks are both decorative and practical. They stop any air under the shortbread from producing a bubble and buckling the round.

By baking these on various size pizza trays they are easy to add to a gift hamper. If you would like some more Christmas hamper ideas, take a look at this Christmas Round-Up.

Shortbread Thermomix Recipe
Shortbread Thermomix Recipe

Last Minute Christmas Cooking

Some of my favourite last-minute Christmas treats to make are these Christmas Rum Balls. I make them every year with the kids. I coat mine in chocolate sprinkles because I prefer that to the coconut most people use.

Thermomix Christmas Rum Balls
Thermomix Christmas Rum Balls

The Reindeer Salted Caramel Fudge is another cute gift from the kitchen idea. Everyone I have ever given a reindeer to has been thrilled. PLUS the flavour of the caramel is amazing!

1 Single Reindeer
1 Single Reindeer

Traditional Gingerbread Cookies don’t need to be in the shape of gingerbread men. Here I have made ornaments from gingerbread and threaded some Christmas ribbon through a premade hole.

Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments on Ribbon
Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments on Ribbon

Shortbread FAQ

  1. Can I use unsalted butter in the recipe?

    Yes, you can use unsalted butter but I prefer the salted version. The salted butter adds a sweet and salty flavour, it’s subtle but I think it adds to the taste of the shortbread.

  2. Where can I find rice flour?

    Rice flour is found in all supermarkets in the baking section. Look for a red McKenzies box. It’s only small.

  3. Can I leave out the rice flour?

    I wouldn’t recommend leaving out the rice flour as it will change the amount of flour required and you can’t do a straight swap to flour.

  4. Why did my shortbread spread?

    The shortbread must remain cold at all times. If it goes into the oven hot and soft it is more likely to bleed butter or to spread.

All of these ideas would make lovely gifts from the kitchen over the festive season.

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Traditional Shortbread Cookies

Thermomix Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Julie Carlyle
This recipe produces perfectly buttery and crisp shortbread cookies with just the right level of sweetness. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Biscuits, Christmas, Snack
Cuisine Australian, English, Scottish
Servings 24 cookie wedges
Calories 141 kcal



  • 115 g sugar
  • 225 g salted butter cold and cubed
  • 225 g plain flour
  • 115 g McKenzies Rice Flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs caster sugar additional to sprinkle over the cookie


  • Place the 115g sugar in the TM bowl. Mill 3 sec/Speed 9.
    115 g sugar
  • Add the butter, flour, rice flour and salt to the sugar in the TM. Use the Dough setting for 1 1/2 minutes.
    225 g salted butter, 225 g plain flour, 115 g McKenzies Rice Flour, 1/4 tsp salt
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees.
  • Line a cookie slide with baking paper.
  • Roll the cookies dough between two pieces of plastic wrap.
  • Cut the dough into the desired shapes using a cookie cutter.
  • Carefully transfer the dough to the cookie tray. Sprinkle the cookies with the reserved sugar. 
    2 Tbs caster sugar
  • Bake for between 15-45 minutes (depending on the size and thickness of your shortbread). The shortbread should be golden when cooked. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the tray before moving them.


NOTE:  All ovens vary, please keep a close eye on the shortbread whilst it bakes. 


Calories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 91mgPotassium: 15mgSugar: 5gVitamin A: 235IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword Christmas, Christmas Cooking, Christmas Gift, Christmas hampers, Cookies, shortbread
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