Delicious melt in the mouth shortbread with a lemon twist.
Ingredients for this recipe have been kindly provided by Countdown Supermarkets, this recipe and opinions are my own.
After receiving more lemons from my Dad I have been searching the recipe archives for lovely ways to use them. I was lucky enough to receive the most amazing shortbread recipe last year, so I decided to create a lemon version of those
This shortbread recipe I was given was from my Mum’s Grandma, Bessie Dora who was born in 1882, you can read more about Bessie Dora in the original post here.
The base shortbread recipe is so incredibly soft and melt in the mouth. Largely due to both the technique used and the ingredients.
I have added lemon zest to the base of these and then iced them. They are delicious iced or uniced so you can choose how you finish them off. I used two lemons for this one, the zest of one each in the icing and shortbread, and the juice in the icing.
The lemon flavour in the shortbread itself is subtle with the addition of a generous amount of zest. I did not want to add lemon juice to the base in case I threw off the gorgeous lightness of the biscuit.
However I have gone for all lemon flavours in the icing, both the zest and the juice mixed into some icing sugar makes for a lovely end result.
For this recipe instead of granulated sugar you use icing sugar, or powdered sugar. This makes for an incredibly light and airy biscuit. The other thing is in addition to flour we use cornflour and arrowroot.
Both of these are a soft starch which gives the biscuits the classic melt in the mouth finish.
I have used both arrowroot and cornflour here as that is what Bessie Dora used in hers, you can absolutely just use cornflour.
THE INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED ARE:
You will need a stand mixer or hand held electric mixer for this one as you need to beat the softened butter for 4-5 minutes to get it lovely and creamy.
It is a good idea to sift the dry ingredients to ensure no lumps and a lovely smooth finish of the shortbread. Combine the dry ingredients together then gently combine until it comes together to form a clump of dough.
Tip this onto a well floured bench then form a ball, cover the rolling pin in flour also as the dough can be sticky, so also sprinkle flour onto the shortbread dough.
Then gently roll out to about 5-6mm thick. Cut using whatever cookie cutter you like, or cut into fingers. I have used a large round cookie cutter today so got less from my mixture, but feel free to use a smaller one to go further.
You want to carefully transfer the soft cut dough using a metal spatula or fish slice on to a prepared tray or two if you get more biscuits from your mixture.
The key to baking shortbread is to not overcook it, they remain pale even after cooking, if you want to know if they are cooked check the very base of them, as this just starts to go lightly golden remove from the oven. They will firm up upon standing.
These are lovely uniced, melt in the mouth delicious lightly flavoured with lemon zest.
But they are so good iced, I have used a very basic icing here and infused it with both lemon zest, lemon juice and a little melted butter. Then simply use a knife and ice the shortbread, taking care to be gentle as shortbread by its nature is very delicate.
Then set and serve! I hope you love this recipe for lemon shortbread, a lovely alternative to the original.
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Olivana baillie says
Could I make the lemon shortbread using rice flour instead of cornflour and arrowrrot?
So sorry to hear that! We enjoy them.
Alicia Coumbe says
I made this for my husband, I had no Arrowroot so subbed with Cornflour. I also mixed these by hand like I’ve been doing to recipes for years, just a bit of elbow grease and you have the perfect mixture. I had to say that my husband could not get enough of these, what a fantastic recipe and you could easily make them Vegan as well (I’m a Vegan). Thank you so much for the fantastic recipe.
I am so delighted to hear that!
Made these delicacies today, & they were absolutely beautiful.
Sharon Burgos says
Very soft melt-in-your-mouth texture. I like the icing better when drizzled lightly over the cookie. They definitely need the icing in my opinion, for the added flavor and sweetness.
Just made these tonight (without the icing) my hubby is part of the baking club at his work (just because he wants to eat baking) and these are gonna knock their socks off! They’re so delicious. The lemon zest in it is so addictive! And it’s the first time I haven’t burnt shortbread. Thanks Anna!
I am so pleased to hear you loved it!