Baked Christmas gifts – delicious lemon shortbread recipe!

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This recipe is really easy and delicious. Shortbread biscuits make a tasty treat for the whole family, but a batch of these lovelies can be a great Christmas gift too. I make mine with gluten-free flour, but any kind of flour will do.



200g butter softened, plus extra for greasing

125g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting

zest of 1 lemon

1 tbsp vanilla extract

325g plain flour



Preheat the oven to 200°C / Fan 180°C / Gas 6.

Grease and line a traybake tin with baking parchment, around 23cm x 30cm. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until soft. Then add the lemon zest and vanilla extract and mix well.

Finally, add the flour and mix so that it starts to form a dough. Press the dough into the tin and press all along the edges and across so that you have an even layer. To finish, prick with a fork and dust with caster sugar.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until pale golden brown. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes before cutting into 18 fingers in the tin. Let it totally cool before serving – this will stop it from crumbling too much.

Store in an air-tight container for up to a week – if you can resist it for that long! 😉

Fancy some more homemade gift ideas?

Read: Ideas for Christmas gifts without spending money – a free homemade Christmas.


Want some child-friendly Christmas recipes?

Check out: Christmas baking for kids: Five delicious simple recipes.


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