Lemon shortbread biscuits (with video)

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 you could try using orange rind instead, or just 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.

Delicious lemon cookies.


  • 150g butter
  • 80g castor sugar
  • 3 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 200g plain flour
  • pinch of fine salt
  • icing sugar for dusting (optional)

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

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.

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.

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

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


Easy lemon shortbread cookies.

9 thoughts on “Lemon shortbread biscuits (with video)

  1. 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 20.minutes.no prodding and poking. Are they cooked ? aren't they? Simply fabulous Thank you


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