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Lemon Shortbread

Lemon shortbread is a delicious combination of butter, flour, sugar and lemon. It tastes great with a cup of tea or coffee and is still really easy to make.

lemon shortbread

This tasty lemon shortbread recipe will take you about 10 minutes to prepare, and then a further 15 to 20 minutes to bake.

It can be made in any shape that you like, I used a round baking tin that had a diameter of 21cm.

I used the zest of half a large lemon as well as the juice (adding the juice is optional). You can use a whole lemon for an extra lemony flavour.

This recipe is exactly like my favourite shortbread recipe, but with the lemon added in as extra!

What You Need To Make Lemon Shortbread

lemon shortbread ingredients

Making Lemon Shortbread

It really is a case of just mixing together the above ingredients. In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar. It’s important for the butter to be at room temperature so that it is soft enough to easily mix in.

creamed butter and sugar

Once the butter and sugar are well mixed, sift in the flour and add the lemon zest and if you are adding it, the lemon juice.

adding lemon zest to butter and sugar

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Mix everything together, then, using your hands, knead it into a dough.

adding dough to baking tin

There is no need to roll it out, just place the ball of dough in a greased baking tin and press it down until it is flat and reaches the edges of the baking tin. You might want to use the back of a spoon to flatten it out.

fork piercing holes in lemon shortbread dough

Use a fork to pierce some holes in the dough and lightly score the dough into slices – this will make it easier to cut when it is baked.

Place it in a preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes. It should be a golden brown colour and cooked all the way through. If required, put it back in the oven for a little bit longer.

After you take it out of the oven, slice again before leaving to cool. Sprinkle with a little extra caster sugar if you wish.

How Long Does Homemade Shortbread Last?

It will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

lemon shortbread

Lemon Shortbread

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Lemon shortbread offers a refreshingly tangy twist on regular shortbread! It's quick and easy to make, and even quick to eat!


  • 150g butter
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 250g plain flour
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.
  2. Grease or line a baking tin (I used a round baking tin with a diameter of 21cm)
  3. Cream the softened butter and sugar together in a bowl.
  4. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice (if using) and sift the flour in and mix together.
  5. Use your hands to knead it together to form a dough.
  6. Transfer dough to a greased baking tray, pressing down until it reaches the edges. Use the back of a spoon or spatula if necessary to smooth it over.
  7. Using a fork score some holes and then, with a knife, slice the shortbread up into portions.
  8. Put the shortbread tin in preheated oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges of the shortbread start to turn golden brown in colour and the dough is cooked through.
  9. Remove the shortbread from the oven and before it cools down, slice up the portions again.
  10. Optionally sprinkle some more caster sugar over the top.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 4g

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