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JILL BAKES | Traditional buttery shortbread

If you are like me, shortbread is definitely not just for Christmas... the simple enjoyment of sitting down with a cup of tea or coffee accompanied with a piece of homemade shortbread is a pleasure to be gladly enjoyed.

Below is a proper ‘old-school’ traditional buttery shortbread recipe, passed down through generations. Enjoy!

Jill Stewart (@jillbakes_)

County Antrim Foodie and Instagrammer



Makes about 40 biscuits


250g butter

110g caster sugar

140g self raising flour

110g plain flour

110g cornflour


• Preheat the oven to 170 degrees (150 fan).

• Cream the butter and sugar together for about 5 minutes with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer until light in colour.

• Sieve in the flours and mix to combine.

• Flour your work surface and roll out until the biscuit dough is about 1cm thick.

• Cut out your biscuit shapes using a cutter of your choice and place onto a baking tray.

• Sprinkle with caster sugar and chill in the fridge for half an hour before baking.

• Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes - they should still be a very pale golden-brown. Set on a wire rack to cool.

The shortbread will keep in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.



Jill Stewart, from Portglenone, is both a Foodie and a Dietician, who brings her passions together to create a unique balance of both healthy dishes and sweet treats on her Instagram social media blog, Jill Bakes.

Jill is passionate about creating and sharing recipes on her Instagram platform (@jillbakes_) which are easy to follow, quick to make and not using hundreds of ingredients! And with almost 9,000 followers, a lot of people are enjoying Jill’s food journey.

As a Registered Dietitian, Jill is passionate about inspiring people to enjoy eating healthily, by showing that eating well doesn’t have to boring.

Proving that Dietitians aren’t the ‘food police’, Jill is a believer in moderation and that all foods can be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet.

The County Antrim lady has been a keen baker from a very young age, learning many skills from her late Grandma who was a fantastic baker.

Jill is a regular recipe contributor for Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living magazine

Head over INSTAGRAM to discover JILL BAKES - it is a fantastic blog where you'll discover enough inspiration to keep you baking and cooking for months!


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