Lemon Shortbread
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Lemon Shortbread

In just 10 minutes you’ll have a batch of buttery lemon shortbread dough, all mixed and ready to roll. Bake n' drizzle with some zingy icing, then let the citrusy joy take over. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
the Bakery Chef™
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the Bakery Chef™

1 hr 20 mins total time

20 mins active time


Makes 22



  • unsalted butter icon
    8¾ oz unsalted butter

    at room temperature, chopped

  • superfine sugar icon
    ½ cup (3½ oz) superfine sugar
  • finely grated lemon zest icon
    1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
  • all-purpose flour icon
    2¼ cups (11¾ oz) all-purpose flour

For the icing

  • powdered sugar icon
    1 cup (5 oz) powdered sugar


  • fresh lemon juice icon
    1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • milk icon
    1 tsp milk



  • 1Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • 2Assemble the mixer using the glass mixing bowl and scraper beater. Place the butter, sugar and lemon zest in the bowl. Slowly turn the mixer to LIGHT MIXING setting and beat until the butter, sugar and zest start to combine. Gradually increase to CREAMING/ BEATING setting and beat for 5 minutes, or until very pale in color.
  • 3Reduce the speed to LIGHT MIXING setting and gradually add the flour. Once all the flour is added, increase the speed slightly to mix thoroughly for 30 seconds.
  • 4Transfer the dough to a clean surface and lightly knead to combine.
    Tip: The buttery texture of the dough should not need a floured surface, but if very sticky on your work surface then lightly flour the surface.
  • 5Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough out until ½-inch thick. Using a 2-inch round cutter, cut shortbread into rounds and place on the prepared baking sheets. Gather and re-roll the dough scraps to get as many rounds as possible. Refrigerate shortbread rounds for 15 minutes.
  • 6Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until light golden and firm.
  • 7Allow the shortbread to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 8To make the icing, place the powdered sugar, lemon juice and milk in a small bowl and mix well to combine. If the mixture is still a little thick add ¼–½ teaspoon milk to loosen. Spoon the icing into a resealable bag. Snip one corner to make a small opening and drizzle the icing over the shortbread.
  • 9Set the shortbread aside for 15 minutes, or until icing has set.
  • 10Shortbread can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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