Simply Delicious Shortbread

This is a very tasty biscuit, as we call it in South African, the equivalent of cookies in the USA. I use a recipe that is listed in the Western Province Preparatory School, Recipe Book, Bon Appetit. I have always had good results with this recipe and it has become a family favorite. It is described as a prize winning recipe and was submitted by the Taylor family of Cape Town, South Africa.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups maizena/cornflour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup castor sugar also called confectioners sugar
  • 4 sticks or 1 pound soft butter
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar/frosting (optional)


  • Sift and mix flour, castor sugar, salt and maizena well
  • Rub in butter and knead until it is soft and pliable
  • Place in baking tray, press flat and prick with fork
  • Leave in fridge for about half hour
  • Bake at 325 degrees F./160 degrees C. for about 50 mins.-1 hour, till golden.
  • Remove from oven, about half hour later cut into squares
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar and keep in an airtight container if your family and friends have not eaten them all
Simply Delicious Shortbread,

Simply Delicious Shortbread dusted with confectioners sugar

Sliced Shortbread,

Sliced Shortbread

just out of oven

Shortbread just out of oven. Not yet sliced

Those on special diets should substitute ingredients that comply with a particular health condition.

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