Top pastry chef Roger Pizey of Peyton and Byrne shares his secrets to achieving the best shortbread cookies.

Looking for more biscuit recipes to enjoy with a cuppa? Check out our millionaire shortbread, caramel shortbread, gluten-free shortbread and vegan shortbread. Or, bake a batch of these classic Anzac biscuits and digestive biscuits.

Roger Pizey gives his tips for the perfect shortbread: ‘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.’


  • 275g unsalted butter, softened
  • 160g caster sugar
  • 300g white flour
  • 150g semolina flour


  • STEP 1

    Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Fold in both flours and roll into a sausage shape about 6cm in diameter. Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until you need to use it.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Slice the mixture into biscuit shapes, approximately 4mm thick. Put on a lightly buttered non-stick baking tray and cook for 10-15 minutes until just about to colour.

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