This recipe is deceptively simple. Try it a few times yourself to get a feel for it.

Yes, you too can make shortbread.

This 5-ingredient recipe is considered delicate and time-consuming.



454 g



5 ml

Pure Vanilla Extract


285 ml

Fruit Sugar (no less)


1.35 L

Cake and Pastry Flour


60 ml

Rice Flour


A Large Mixing Bowl

A Cookie Sheet

A Large Spoon

A Spatula

A Sieve

2-Cup Measuring Cup

1-Cup Measuring Cup

A Teaspoon

A Tablespoon

A Fork

A Knife


A glass of your favorite BEvERage

Let the butter warm to room temperature. If you normally wear a sweater, your room is not warm enough. Don’t even think of using the oven, microwave, or stovetop to warm the butter.

Preheat oven to 275° F (135° C).

Sift 1¼ cups (355 ml) of fruit sugar into 1 pound (454 g) of warm butter.

Use a large spoon to mix to the sugar and butter until the clumps become a well-blended paste. At this stage it is important to know that if you lick your fingers, you must wash and dry your hands immediately before proceeding.

Add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of vanilla and blend well with a large spoon. Continue to sift in 4 tablespoons (60 ml) of rice flour.

½-cup at a time, sift in the 5¾ cups (1350 ml) of cake and pastry flour. Fold in with a spatula.

When your girly man arms are too weak to continue to fold with the spatula, use your fingers to break the clumps into pebbles. Continue to sift in the cake and pastry flour, ½-cup at a time. By the way, that's pebbles, not sand. If it takes only 5 or 5½ cups (1200 to 1300 ml) to get to pebbles, then stop there.

Gather the pebbles into large clumps (but, I just...) and gently spread out onto cookie sheet using a large spoon. Use a fork to poke holes into the shortbread all the way to the bottom of the cookie sheet. The holes should be no less than ¼" (6mm) apart. Reduce oven to 200°F (95°C) and bake for 1 hour. Keep close watch or it will overcook like mine (Mmm, dog biscuits). Cut immediately into rectangles, and let cool.

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