Make these ginger shortbreads for a Christmas gift, then check out our spiced Christmas biscuits, Christmas cookies, gingerbread men and more Christmas baking recipes.

We have the key to the perfect shortbread cookies. Make sure your butter is really soft, as this is the only thing that binds together the dry ingredients. You want a pale coloured finish, so don’t let the shortbreads get too golden. Lastly, cool the shortbreads completely on the baking sheet before handling, otherwise they may crumble.


  • 50g golden caster sugar, plus a little extra
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • r freshly grated to make 1 tsp root ginge
  • 170g plain flour
  • to decorate crystalised stem ginger


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Mix the sugar, butter, and the ground and grated ginger into a smooth paste, then slowly add the plain flour to form a soft dough. Place on a lightly floured work surface and roll out until the dough is about 1cm thick.

  • STEP 2

    Using a round pastry cutter, cut out the shortbread and put on a baking tray. Slice the stem ginger and put a small piece in the centre of each shortbread. Sprinkle some caster sugar on top.

  • STEP 3

    Bake for 10 minutes until the shortbreads are just starting to colour round the edges. Cool before serving.

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