Buckingham Palace Shortbread

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Buckingham Palace Shortbread

Buckingham Palace Shortbread

I love shortbread very much with all its buttery smell. Just imagine how thrilled I was when I discovered that there’s such a shortbread called Buckingham Palace Shortbread…..whao! It was buttery, rich, crumbly, crunchy and lovely with a layer of sugar on top. I read that this was the shortbread made for the Queen’s tea everyday. Now I think I should make this all the time…for my family and also for my friends. We can eat what the Queen eats!!

I made this shortbread for Cheah at No-Frills Recipes when I met up with her recently at Westfield, London. I thought she deserves these special cookies ….the Queen’s favourite! She and her family had it for tea at the hotel. Oh, may be the Queen was also taking her tea with these shortbread at the same time….hehe. My children said these shortbread are very delicious.

This Buckingham Palace Shortbread recipe has only 4 ingredients and is very simple and easy to make. I saw it from a holiday baking book. I think it’s similar to the Scottish shortbread.

Ingredients A
250g butter
1/3C sugar

Cream butter and sugar

Cream butter and sugar

Beat Ingredients A in a mixing bowl until light.

Ingredients B
2C plain flour
3/4C +1T corn flour

Mix the flours

Mix the flours

Put both flours into a bowl and stir well with a spoon. If you like you can sieve it.

Chill the dough

Chill the dough

Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Spread the dough onto a lamington tin to a thickness of about 3/4 inches thick. My lamington was a little too big so I filled it to 3/4 length. Chill in the fridge for abut 30 minutes. Then bake at 180 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Baked and cut

Baked and cut

Once baked, sprinkle heavily with fine sugar. Wait till it’s warm, cut into desired sizes and leave in the tin to cool. Enjoy. It’s really good with tea or coffee.

Do you like shortbread? How many types of shortbread have you eaten or baked? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other shortbread recipes that you may be interested in:
Scotland Thistle Flower Shortbread
Strawberry Cheese Scottish Shortbread Tart

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Sushma Mallya  on October 7th, 2010

wow what a royal name…& It suits this shortbread too,it looks so rich and yum sprinkled with sugar..

anncoo  on October 7th, 2010

Never tried shortbread before but I must try this because with simple ingredients and with that royal name…hahaa..

Cheah  on October 7th, 2010

Your Royal Highness, Queen Mary! Ha, ha. They were indeed very nice and we enjoyed them with hot tea! Thank you so much.

Belinda @zomppa  on October 7th, 2010

I could see why she would like these. Shortbread is awesome already and making them thick and fluffy, oh, pour me some tea!

Katerina  on October 7th, 2010

That sure makes you feel like a king!

penny aka jeroxie  on October 7th, 2010

Read her post about meeting up…. how nice of you to also get her a present :)

kesito  on October 7th, 2010

Que inteligente la Reina!!. A qué hora es la merienda?? jejeje.., yo voy con el te. Se ve divino.
Saludos, Ángeles

Mary  on October 7th, 2010

These sound really lovely, Mary. The queen has excellent taste :-). I hope all is well and that you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

elra  on October 7th, 2010

Such a delicious sounding shortbread Mary!

busygran  on October 7th, 2010

Wow! A Royal Shortbread! So cool!

peteformation  on October 7th, 2010

Wah, food for Kings…I want leh!

Jeannie  on October 7th, 2010

Looks like every one a piece of your royal shortbread lol! Perhaps we just have to bake some for ourselves! Thanks for sharing Mary:D

Swathi  on October 7th, 2010

Looks delicious buttery though

Marisa  on October 7th, 2010

Hey Mary,

Thanks so much for checking out my guest post on Lazaro Cooks and for visiting my blog! I appreciate you stopping by and your kind comments. I look forward to coming to your blog now and checking out more awesome recipes like this one. This looks so fluffy and buttery–fit for a queen!

divya  on October 7th, 2010

They look awesome. Wonderful pics.

Treat and Trick  on October 7th, 2010

Amazing with just 4 ingredients, it turns out great…

santoshbangar  on October 7th, 2010

very easy to make looking delicious

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Mary  on October 7th, 2010

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@anncoo - Fully support you….make them and feel queenly eating them…haha :D

@Cheah - Oh wow….what a name!…haha :D Since I can’t be a real queen, it’s nice to eat what the Queen eats :P Very glad you and your family like it.

@Belinda @zomppa - The Queen sure has great taste! :D

@Katerina - Haha…yes! I have to make again :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Good friends deserve good things! I’m really glad Cheah likes it :D

@kesito - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Kesito! :D

@Mary - You are very right…the Queen has excellent taste! :D Hope you have a great day, too.

@elra - Thanks very much, Elra! :D

@busygran - Thanks very much! :D

@peteformation - Yes, you should make this! :D

@Jeannie - Yes, everyone should make these shortbread…haha. It will be very easy for you as you love baking :D

@Marisa - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Marisa! Love your blog :D

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@Treat and Trick - Thanks very much! :D

Faith  on October 7th, 2010

I definitely have to try this one, Mary! It’s so pretty with the sugar on top!

lequan  on October 7th, 2010

Cool! The same shortbread that the Queen herself eats! Call me naive, but I didn’t even know there were so many types of shortbread until I started food blogging. I love love love shortbread and all it’s delicious butteryness. MMMMMM!

My Restaurants Melbourne  on October 7th, 2010

Ive never heard of one called buckingham palace either. and the recipe looks great to, ill try this one for sure

Light Delight with Tou Tou  on October 7th, 2010

Shortbread is so expensive in the U.S., but I love it very much! I know it is kind of specialty in the England :-) thanks for the recipe!!!

kitchen flavours  on October 7th, 2010

The shortbread looks good. Having this is a nice way to feel “royalty” once in a while! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

Blackswan  on October 7th, 2010

U noe wat? Mary, this post reminds me of London. I must visit again & hopefully, I get meet up with u too :)

Drick  on October 7th, 2010

corn flour, that’s a bit different - these sounds and look delicious, ya know how much I love shortbread, I thing I might be able to make these….

Aipi  on October 7th, 2010

I have always been curious what the royalty feeds on..guess now I know =)..jokes apart They do look royal,buttery,rich n yummy!!

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Biren @ Roti n Rice  on October 7th, 2010

I love shortbread but have never made them myself. With so few ingredients and simple steps, maybe I should make them soon.

yd  on October 8th, 2010

Love the buttery taste of shortbread..Thank you for the recipe.

Von  on October 8th, 2010

Wow- four ingredients to make such a delicious sounding treat?? It looks just as good as it sounds too =)

Elin  on October 8th, 2010

Mary…thanks for this recipe..simple and I know it will taste great :) Cheah is lucky to have the Queen’s favourite shortbread for tea :)

choohk  on October 8th, 2010

Simple ingredients but with such awesome output, I would be keen to try as well. Thanks for sharing, Mary!

Mary  on October 8th, 2010

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! :D

@lequan - You are not alone. I also thought there was also only 1 type…haha :D We do grow in blogging, right? Give a try. They are very simple and easy to make.

@My Restaurants Melbourne - Give a try. It’s really simple and delicious :D

@Light Delight with Tou Tou - It’s exensive here, too but it’s cheap if you make it ourself. So…start baking :D

@kitchen flavours - Haha…you are very right….feel the ‘royalty’ :D

@Blackswan - Yes, please come…would love to meet up with you! :D

@Drick - Yes…give a go…simple and easy to make. But…don’t over eat :D

@Aipi - Haha…at least I know 1 item, too :D

@Biren @ Roti n Rice - They are very simple and easy to make. Give a try. I’m making them again soon :D

@yd - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D

@Von - Yes, only 4 ingredients…and easy to make, too :D

@Elin - After all those shortbread, I think Cheah should feel like a Queen :D

@choohk - Give a try. They are very delicious :D

zmm  on October 8th, 2010

This is like the queen of all biscuit? :P

I love short bread too..

I have baked one which uses rice flour to give it that ‘light’ feeling.

I have another scotish recipe which I’m dying to try.. will post one I do it.

deeba  on October 8th, 2010

I love shortbread and this one is ROYAL in every way! It has that feel about it Mary! 4 ingredients? Yes please!!

Karolina  on October 8th, 2010

I love shortbread too. :) But, WOW! Yours look really rich!

Evan @swEEts  on October 8th, 2010

I can’t wait to try this! Who wouldn’t want to eat the Queen’s favorite!? And you know I’m a shortbread lover too :)

pigpigscorner  on October 8th, 2010

buttery and so sinful! but so yummy =)

tasteofbeirut  on October 8th, 2010

How fun! Eating the Queen’s cookies! Love the idea and the recipe!

maameemoomoo  on October 8th, 2010

Thanks for dropping by earlier. :)

I love shortbread but strangely, i’ve not baked any! The ones i usually eat are those lugged back by family and friends from UK.. which i’ve no idea what type they are!

Dimah  on October 8th, 2010

Those look very tasty! Thank you for sharing!

Joy  on October 8th, 2010

I have never heard of this short bread. It looks great.

Island Vittles  on October 8th, 2010

If they’re good enough for the queen, I guess they’ll do for the rest of us! Theresa

rebecca  on October 8th, 2010

oh I really want to try your shortbread your a pro at making it

Mimi  on October 8th, 2010

I want to eat like a queen too! I don’t know what a laminton tin is, what are the deminsion so I know what pan to use.

Jess @ Bakericious  on October 8th, 2010

I never try shortbread b4 and this looks good, my daughter will love it for the sugar on top :P

Lazaro  on October 8th, 2010

I love shortbread. It is so versitle, the amount of toppings are endless. Great job with yours. Looks perfectly executed.

theUngourmet  on October 8th, 2010

I really love that there are so few ingredients in here. It look delicious!

5 Star Foodie  on October 8th, 2010

Sounds like an amazing treat! Would love to try it!

kristy  on October 9th, 2010

See, what Cheah is callling you! haha…. Queen Mary! I have to agree with everyone of them. The recipe is simply delicious. Bookmarked this for later use. Probably, servig this to my little prince & princess soon. haha… Thanks so much for sharing and have a great weekend.

Nadji  on October 9th, 2010

Ces sablés semblent délicieux.
Je note ta recette.
See soon.

Spoon and Chopsticks  on October 9th, 2010

Lovely! I can even see the Queen having her tea :)

Thanks for sharing this nice recipe, Mary.

suituapui  on October 9th, 2010

Looks good! Your pound cake too… I’ve yet to try my hand at baking - my classes close for the year next Wednesday so I may have time to give it a try. If it’s any good, I’ll post about it in my blog. If not, I’ll just keep quiet. Hehehehehe!!!!

chefyoji  on October 9th, 2010

Looks good. I like what the Queen is having! I might just have the time to do this over the weekend. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara  on October 9th, 2010

Fabulous recipe, Mary. I love shortbread. I can’t believe how few ingredients there are! Yes, perfect for tea!

I made a chocolate expresso shortbread for a coffee recently and everyone loved it.

noobcook  on October 9th, 2010

looks really good. fit for royalty, definitely :)

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Gourmande  on October 9th, 2010

They look so yummy… I wanted to make some but as I had no “white corn flour” so I baked others with oat. But your corn flour is corn starch, isn’t it ?
Well, thanks for the idea anyway. I’ll try your recipe too.

fimère  on October 9th, 2010

ils sont savoureux ces sablés et bien tentants, j’aime beaucoup
bonne soirée

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zerrin  on October 9th, 2010

This is a fantastic recipe with simple ingredients. I didn’t know what shortbread is. I’m not sure if I understand what is the difference between shortbread and cookies. Anyway, I love buttery treats and would love to eat what the queen used to eat.

tigerfish  on October 9th, 2010

Who says we can’t have royal cookies at home? ;p

Monet  on October 9th, 2010

I adore shortbread, especially with a cup of tea in the afternoon. I tried the most delightful lavender shortbread a few weeks ago, and I’ve been dying to replicate it at home. Thanks for sharing love!

Carolyn Jung  on October 9th, 2010

With a name like that, these cookies must be regally rich. ;)

jen cheung  on October 9th, 2010

love to have a piece of this right now - but must resist from snacking!!! they look delicious!

have a lovely thanksgiving weekend!
jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

Velva  on October 9th, 2010

Love it! I would eat these shortbreads till they were all gone.

Chef Dennis  on October 9th, 2010

I love shortbread, and this recipe certainly sounds easy enough….it does look delicious! I wish I had a piece right now, since you have just made me so hungry!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table  on October 9th, 2010

Oh, I love shortbread! This recipe is wonderfully simple and the shortbread looks lovely. Nice to know the Queen of England has simple tastes LOL

Mary  on October 10th, 2010

@zmm - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! Yes, the ones with rice flour is also very delicious. I would love to see your other scottish shortbread. I’m sure it’s very delicious, too :D

@deeba - Thanks very much, Deeba! I love simple bakes with simple ingredients like this. Sounding royal makes it even better…haha :D

@Karolina - Thanks very much, Karolina! :D

@Evan @swEEts - Lovely to know you are a shortbread lover. I can imagine you munching away a plate of this shortbread and feeling royal :D

@pigpigscorner - Thanks very much, Ann! :D

@tasteofbeirut - Thanks very much, Joumana! :D

@maameemoomoo - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! Give a try. These are easy to make. Next time your family and friends don;t have to bring all the way back from UK :D

@Dimah - Thanks very much, Dimah! :D

@Joy - Thanks very much, Joy! :D

@Island Vittles - It makes us feel royal, too, right? :D

@rebecca - Give a try and enjoy eating…makes you feel royal, too :D

@Mimi - A lamington tin is a shallow baking tin, maybe about 2 inches high and rectangular or square in shape. Give a try. These shortbread are very good and easy to make :D

@Jess @ Bakericious - Give a try. My children like it very much :D

@Lazaro - Thanks very much, Lazaro! I will try other shortbreads…fun to make and really delicious to eat :D

@theUngourmet - Thanks very much! :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@kristy - Haha…Cheah is a joker! Yes, make for your prince and princess. What about the king? You forgot about him! :P I will be making them again soon :D

@Nadji - Thanks very much, Nadji! :D

@Spoon and Chopsticks - Thanks very much! :D

@suituapui - Whah…trying out baking at last! Now your mrs and children will be delighted. I’m sure you will do well. Would love to see your shortbread! Have fun baking :D

@chefyoji - Thanks very much! Have fun baking :D

@Barbara - Oooh, love chocolate and I love coffee. I have to try the chocolate expresso shortbread….mmm :D Thanks very much, Barbara!

@noobcook - Thanks very much! :D

@Gourmande - Thanks very much! I’m sure your shortbread with oat is very delicious, too. Yes, corn flour is corn starch. Have fun baking :D

@fimère - Thanks very much, Fimère! :D

@zerrin - My understanding is that shortbread has added corn flour or rice to it to give it that smooth and crunching taste. And with so much butter, it is very buttery and taste very delicious :D

@tigerfish - Yes, start baking and eat like a royal :D

@Monet - Lovely to know that you love shortbread, too. Oooh….I love lavender. I can imagine how beautiful the lavender shortbread is. I would love to try, too :D

@Carolyn Jung - Yes, they are….delicious…mmmm :D

@jen cheung - Yes, it’s really difficult to resist, so I can’t make too often. But I’m tempted to make again very soon :D Hope you have a lovely weekend, too.

@Velva - Wow….I am trying to imagine that…..you and your big plate of shortbreads…haha :D

@Chef Dennis - Lovely to know you like shortbread, too. I’m sure this shortbread will take you very little time to make. You are just so good in cooking and baking :D

@denise @ quickies on the dinner table - Lovely to know that you love shortbread, too. You are very right…the Queen has simple taste :D I guess sometimes simple is best…brings out the natural, beautiful flavour.

sophia  on October 10th, 2010

Oooh! Fit for the queen! I think I know who to bake this for! Her birthday is coming up soon, and she’s like a queen to me! :-)

Joanne  on October 10th, 2010

You had to know that this was amazing if it was eaten by royalty! I love a good shortbread and this one looks like it tops them all.

Ananda Rajashekar  on October 10th, 2010

oh what a royal short bread!, can’t wait to try just to make me feel royal :D thanks for the share Mary

Lisa~Korean American Mommy  on October 10th, 2010

Mary how did you know I love shortbread? I know you’ll be sending me some? RIght? hehe

Thas  on October 10th, 2010

I can have this with coffee or tea any time, what a easy breezy recipe.

Angie's Recipes  on October 10th, 2010

These would be great serving as the base of cheesecakes!

pegasuslegend  on October 10th, 2010

very nice Mary sure that buttery goodness is wonderful in these :)

Cathy at Wives with Knives  on October 10th, 2010

I’ll have to try this recipe if it a favorite of the Queen. My family loves shortbread and I always make it for the holidays.

Kristi Rimkus  on October 10th, 2010

Really? Just four ingredients? I don’t bake often, but I think this is something I could be successful with!

Little Inbox  on October 11th, 2010

This doesn’t sound difficult to make. :) I will give it a try for a special occasion.

Mary  on October 11th, 2010

@sophia - That’s great! Have fun baking :D

@Joanne - It does sound great but I’m really not too sure if there are better ones around. Will look out for more to try…love the name and the taste though :D

@Ananda Rajashekar - Haha….just call yourself ‘Royal Ananda’ when you are eating these :D Have fun baking!

@Lisa~Korean American Mommy - Come, Lisa, I’ll make a lot for you! :D

@Thas - Exactly……lovely tea time any time! :D

@Angie’s Recipes - Ooooh…I would love to try that :D

@pegasuslegend - Thanks very much, Claudia! :D

@Cathy at Wives with Knives - You are going to put big smiles on everyone’s face! :D

@Kristi Rimkus - Give a try….easy and simple enough for anyone. Have fun baking :D

@Little Inbox - Thanks very much! Have fun baking :D

Wendy  on October 11th, 2010

:-) I spent yesterday making shortbread… but it certainly wasn’t as posh as the Queen’s shortbread! Delicious, Mary!

Mary  on October 14th, 2010

@Wendy - I am sure you had fun baking :D It’s still best cos it’s homemade!

Ivy  on October 15th, 2010

Love shortbread cookies and make them once in a while, but I can’t help wondering how much cholesterol the Queen must have, eating buttr every day :)

Simply Life  on October 15th, 2010

oooh this looks so good!

eastlandgrl  on October 18th, 2010

interesting, thanks

Sanjeeta kk  on October 26th, 2010

Lovely texture and a beautifully baked goodie.

Cristina - Teenie Cakes  on November 23rd, 2010

Don’t you just love that about shortbread? Relatively little ingredients, but such delicious goodness. These look wonderful! :)

thavamani ramasamy  on April 15th, 2011

hi mary,in a month i bake shortbread twice and thats the quickest and easiest baking cookie i have till today.i will bake this shortbread today.tq for the recipe

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