Homemade Shortbread Recipe (3-ingredients only)


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                             Homemade Shortbread recipe (just as Mcvities & Walkers does it)

 Shortbread Fingers are one of my favorite biscuits. 
     As a teen, I used to indulge a lot on the Walkers and McVities Shortbread brand and loved to have it with a hot beverage, but a few years back, I found a recipe that worked perfectly for me, and now the whole family just can’t have enough.
Although the traditional recipe calls for only 3 ingredients, I like to add one extra ingredient which makes the ”already rich shortbread” even richer and also takes the taste to another level.

   Here’s how I prepare mine.

 ++Get video recipe here++

 Ingredients for Shortbread

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– 150 grams Plain Flour or Fine Wheat flour
– 100 grams Butter (not margarine)
– 50 grams Icing sugar (powdered sugar)
– 2 tablespoonful Powdered Milk (optional, but makes it extra rich and creamy)

Tip: you can add about 3 tablespoonful of Corn flour or rice flour if you want to get a grainy texture.
Also Remember that the powdered milk in this recipe is optional, so feel free to leave it out if you want to.

If you don’t have icing sugar, you can make use of finely ground granulated sugar.

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This is the butter I used (oldenburger),it’s sold at big supermarkets

Shortbread Preparation:

1. Mix the butter and icing sugar together until creamy.

2. Sieve the plain flour + powdered milk(or the corn flour or rice flour) into the bowl and mix thoroughly until well incorporated.

3. Form a ball with the dough and leave to rest in the fridge or in a cool place for 30 minutes.

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4.  Now, preheat the oven at 170ºC /325ºF  for about 5 minutes.      

Then Place the dough on a
table and roll it out to 3/4 inch thick width, then cut into 2cm by
10cm shortbread fingers or shapes and gently transfer unto a baking

5. Using a toothpick, make indents on the shortbread fingers.

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6. And finally, place the tray into the preheated oven and bake at 170ºC /325ºF for 10- 12 minutes or until firm, but not brown.
Tip: shortbread should not be browned but should have a cream color.

7.  Leave to cool completely, Serve and Enjoy!

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  1. Oraezi Dominica cheekwube
    October 5, 2023 / 9:21 pm

    Good evening ma ,pls I need recipe of what to take to reduce weight

  2. Kellamare.
    March 5, 2022 / 12:34 am

    Ur stuffs are always special
    What a lovely and easy recipe this is
    Love it

  3. Anonymous
    December 4, 2021 / 6:19 pm

    Good evening ma.
    Thanks for all u do here, I really appreciate.
    Please do you have any recipe for Mgbadume.

  4. Oyewo Hakeem
    June 21, 2021 / 2:17 pm

    Good afternoon ma, please where can I get the wheat bran consumable by human, not animals.

    Oyewo Hakeem

  5. Nnennia
    December 8, 2019 / 5:53 pm

    How do I improvise if I don’t have an oven?

  6. Zainab Iyorchir
    July 15, 2018 / 12:28 am

    can i use simas butter

  7. Essay IA
    June 14, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    Great job Nky!I want to make mine with home made butter, will it work out ?I bought washed manshanu from a fulani woman and processed it to get butter.have you tried to make it with non store bought butter before?

  8. Unknown
    June 10, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    hi Nky. Good job, I'm planning on making this shortbread biscuit and I want to use home made butter .I stay in the north and processed my butter from local manshanu gotten from the Fulanis. The issue is that I'm sure it has a higher moisture content than store bought butter, do you think it will work?

  9. Anonymous
    May 10, 2018 / 12:40 am


  10. Dede Vaughn
    April 28, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Just ate about 4 of them with my coffee! The Walker ones.they're so expensive and a lot less to make and although those are great,mass produced foods have unhealthy additives!

  11. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Yaaay super excited i tried this recipe n it came out really nice thanks Nky.. Wish i could share a pic

  12. Nyiekaa Comfort
    December 1, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    wow I must confess ur recipes are nice. I've tried most of them n it taste great, thanks alot NKY

  13. naomi benamaisia
    November 20, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    Hi I tried your recipe and after I brought the bough out of the fridge and I tried to knead it, it crumbled I thought I did something wrong so I tried again another day and the same thing happened. Been wondering what I did wrong any ideas? P.s this did not affect the taste Thank you

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 21, 2016 / 6:24 pm

      Hi Naomi,I don't think you did anything wrong. The shortbread dough is not as firm as meatpie dough due to its high buter content ,so you have to handle it carefully.You can watch my video above to see how I worked with it, I'm sure you will get the perfect shape next time.Keep me posted.

  14. Ann Uche
    September 27, 2016 / 9:42 am

    Nky Lily Lete…..You are awesomeeeeeee!!!!Thank you!I made my shortbread this morning and it came out really nice…The funny thing is,my 9months old son saw it and wanted it,I gave him and he started eating it like he knew it since.When I tried collecting it from him,see retaliation!He loves it!From myself,my hubby and our son,we say GOD BLESS YOU!!!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 28, 2016 / 5:26 pm

      Lol… aww that boy knows good thing oo, but pls don't give him too much, bcos of the sugar 🙂 I'm so glad you all enjoyed it, thanks for your beautiful feedback Ann 🙂

  15. uche
    September 20, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    Nky God bless you. Been looking for the best menu site until i saw yours. please how do i subscribe so i can comment and ask questions? pls let me know if sandwich maker can be used to heat up the short bread without closing it

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 27, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Hi Uche, there is a subscribe button at the top of the page and you don't need to heat up the shortbread, it is a biscuit.

  16. chisom umeh
    August 26, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Please do I have to grease the baking tray?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 28, 2016 / 5:35 pm

      No necessary dear Chisom 🙂

  17. jenny
    July 12, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    you too much.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 28, 2016 / 5:33 pm

      Thanks Jenny 🙂

  18. olubunmi
    July 6, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    This recipe is absolutely great, I'm a lover of shortbread and it's taste just d same, my hubby n colleagues were so amazed at d taste n I just told them were I got d recipe. I used d peak milk tin for my measurements but had to add more flour since twas a little sticky but it still came out so tasty. How long can they last since there is no form of preservative in it?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 28, 2016 / 5:30 pm

      They can keep up to a month if stored in an airtight container , but I'm sure there won't be any more shortbread remaining for that long 🙂

  19. babalola olayinka
    May 28, 2016 / 7:42 am

    U ar great,more grace 2 ur elbow

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 2, 2016 / 10:50 pm

      Thanks Olayinka 🙂

  20. Ikechukwu
    April 12, 2016 / 10:40 am

    So I went to shoprite today and couldn't get oldenburg butter,but I bought "President" butter salted, 200g. Since I don't have measuring scales, I guess I will have to cut the butter in equal halves. How do I now measure my flour and sugar?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 2, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      If you dont have a scale, you'll have to use containers or cups e,g a tin of peak milk is around 170g, more or less.Hope this helps a little 🙂

  21. Ikechukwu
    April 9, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Thank you Aunty Nky, you are a life saver! My son has a thing for shortbread and it's very expensive buying on a regular. So I am definitely going to be baking soon. God bless you. Please more cake and Bread recipes for children. My boy is 3.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 2, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      I sure will.My love to your boy

  22. martins olaide
    January 23, 2016 / 8:30 am

    Thanks for the recipe. I've been using recipes on this site and my family loves everything I make. Thanks once again.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 2, 2016 / 10:40 pm

      You're welcome Olaide, glad to be of help.And thanks for your lovely feedback 🙂

  23. esther trinity
    January 5, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Hello dear tnx alot. I tried out d recipe d taste was nice but d texture was as hard as normal biscuits wat could have been the problem.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 9, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      I guess you used much flour and less butter.

  24. Anonymous
    October 15, 2015 / 3:20 am

    Swthrt you the best thanks will try it

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 9, 2016 / 8:35 pm


  25. stella
    September 25, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    I hope your website helps me also do you give private help tips when requested

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 3, 2015 / 10:43 pm

      If you leave any comment or question on the website, I'll answer to the best of my knowledge 🙂

  26. Anonymous
    July 7, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    nice recipe.how do I get your app tp download

  27. Efficient Ignatius
    April 17, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    May God bless you for this wonderful work. I made my own 'short bread' today. The taste is the same as the mcvities's, it just that my dough was breaking, it wasn't coming together at all. Is that how it suppose to be?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 22, 2015 / 9:24 am

      Thanks dearie.The dough is not as hard as normal cookie or biscuit dough and has to be handled with care.Hope you get the shape next time and pls watch the video to see how i handled the dough 🙂

  28. Efficient Ignatius
    April 14, 2015 / 7:03 am

    Hi Nky, you're simply wonderful. This generation is lucky to have you. It's like I'm getting addicted to this site, but my biggest challenge right now is that I don't know how to subscribe to your site so that I will be updated with your posts. Pls help me and God bless.

  29. Nky Tim-M
    March 24, 2015 / 3:46 pm

    can stove or gas be used in place of oven? if yes how?

  30. Anonymous
    March 9, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    thankyou! God bless you! Finally a recipe with no nonsense about thermometers and things. we are always buying this stuff and we can make our own! Thnx again!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 25, 2015 / 11:37 am

      you're welcome 🙂

  31. Anonymous
    February 7, 2015 / 6:20 am

    Hi my sist,u r realy doing a great job,wl sure try dis.Plz dear I requested for hw to make PEANUTS long ago i.e groundnut coated wt flour n other ingredients,realy need it urgently plzzzz cos want to practice it ahead b4 making it 4 my child's birthday.Plz just help me out .Thks n God bless

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 23, 2015 / 7:19 pm

      Hi dear, when is your child's birthday?

  32. Anonymous
    February 2, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    No alternative to oven,I have a small electric oven like a microwave,but the manual didnt describe cake,bread etc as what it can be used for.

  33. Anonymous
    January 24, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    Hi Nky, tanx so much; tried the recipe using Anchor butter and it came out really nice. However, i couldnt roll out as the dough kept breaking and am sure its becos of my measurement, i later used my hand to make short fingers and it was great. Ur too much! Abeg, post bread recipe o

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 27, 2015 / 12:06 pm

      Hi dear, I'm so glad you got it right. The dough is not as hard as normal cookie dough and has to be handled with care.Don't worry bread recipe is coming soon 🙂

  34. TeeKayBee
    January 19, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    please I need the recipe for sponge cake, thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 23, 2015 / 3:53 pm

      Recipe coming soon dearie.

    • TeeKayBee
      January 23, 2015 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks again, GBU.

  35. TeeKayBee
    January 19, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    Hi Nky, I followed d recipe but the dough dint stick together like yours in d video. What went wrong pls?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 23, 2015 / 3:52 pm

      Next time add add about 2 tablespoonful of flour to the mixture. If you are working in a hot environment the consistency of the butter will start changing.

    • TeeKayBee
      January 23, 2015 / 4:14 pm

      Will try that next time, thank you.

  36. Rikky
    November 20, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    Hello Nky nice recipe. I have tried it out but there was a challenge! It was difficult to roll out the dough. It wasn't consistent but rather was breaking making it difficult for a uniform rolling and cutting it into fingers ! Was it that way with u? The recipe came out really tasty though! Pls advice

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 26, 2014 / 8:15 am

      Hi dearie,I'm glad you enjoyed it.But as for the dough, if you watch the video, you'll see that the dough is not as firm or easy to handle as meatpie dough and has to be handled gently, due to the high butter content.Next time, just add about 2 tablespoonful of flour to the mixture, it will make a little difference and won't disturb the great taste.

  37. Lindjoy
    November 7, 2014 / 11:10 pm

    Tanx,i guess it dosen't work on pineapple.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 12, 2014 / 10:00 am

      You're welcome dearie.Whenever you are working with pineapple and milk, make sure you add the milk at the last moment and drink immediately.

  38. Lindjoy
    November 2, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    Hi! Anty Nky ,i'll let u kw hw it turned out,once i get butter.I tried making pineapple just lyk orange milk punch but after extracting d pineapple juice,it tasted nice nd whn i added d peak liquid milk,it gave a bitter like taste.Pls what did i do wrong?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 4, 2014 / 10:52 am

      You¡re welcome dearie ,I'll be expecting your feedback.As for the drink, fresh pineapple curdles milk and changes its taste a bit.So the fault is the pineapple,

  39. Anonymous
    October 28, 2014 / 9:40 am

    Hello Nky. I am so glad i found your website. If i am making the shortbread for a party, can i make it a day in advance. Can i store it in the fridge and warm same in the oven for 5 minutes the next day? In addition, if i am making in large quantity, can i keep doubling the standard measurements you have prescribed for example, you have made 21 pieces with the measurement prescribed. If i were to make 42 pieces, do i double the measurements? Thank you

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 29, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Hi dearie, you can make it in advance and store in a airtight container, no need to warm in the oven the next day. I think it even tastes better as the day goes by :)And yes , you have to double the ingredients to make 42+

  40. Lindjoy
    October 21, 2014 / 11:24 am

    Tanx anty Nky 4 d reply, U've really helped me alot but i still wnt 2 kw if there is other way 4 me 2 measure sugar nd butter and as for d flour,i still hv 2 reduce alittle frm d peak milk cup 2 get d amout u stated in d recipe,right?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 23, 2014 / 10:37 am

      You're welcome dearie.Since you bake a lot , it'll be better to buy a cheap measuring scale, so that you get the exact measurement.And yes , you have to remove about 2 tablespoonful from the peak milk can. If you use real butter like the one in the pic above, some used to have a metric mark on the body(like 50, 100, 125 etc), so just use your knife and cut out the measurement you want.Let me know how it turned out.

  41. Zainab Igwe
    October 18, 2014 / 6:07 am

    Okay dearies. I finally got butter. Like Bolaji said its found in the freezer section. You could get it at shoprite or park n shop. The brands they have are Oldenburger, Bridel, Real and few others (Salted and Unsalted types). MOST OR ALL of them are foreign products.By the way, I got the real taste this way. Thanks to Nky.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 18, 2014 / 11:37 am

      Hi Zainab, you are so welcome. Bolaji was also a great help. I'm so glad you found it. I actually used oldenburger butter. I'll be expecting your shortbread pics, hope you haven't finished everything yet 🙂

  42. MummyAngel
    October 16, 2014 / 3:04 pm

    Am new here, so far I haven't said anything but I have been using ur recipees n it's been great, thanks so much dear for ur good work, I didn't kn baking could be easy n am so loving it, God bless u for meMeanwhile u said blue band isn't butter, wc one can I use that's easy to find cos here confectionaries r hard to get, thanks in advance dear.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 18, 2014 / 11:31 am

      Hi Mummyangel, thanks for your lovely comment and I'm glad you decided to comment today, thanks :)As for the butter, you can get it at big supermarkets, such as shoprite or park n shop. Hope you try it and send us your feedback and pics 🙂

  43. Adeleke Bolaji
    October 15, 2014 / 8:08 am

    HI nky, my shortbread turned out perfect, the taste was like heaven, just like mcvities shortbread. I made the first batch with margarine, but got the mcvities taste when I used butter.Thanks and God bless you. Pls I need bread recipe.

    • Zainab Igwe
      October 15, 2014 / 10:29 am

      Please what butter did you use? Thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 16, 2014 / 12:38 pm

      You're welcome Bolaji, the butter taste is what makes it stand out. Bread recipe coming soon dearie.

    • Adeleke Bolaji
      October 17, 2014 / 9:06 pm

      Yes Nky, the butter taste makes it stand out,thanks again.Hello Zainab, the butter I used was from a supermarket in surulere,it is sold in small rectangles, and found at the fridge section. They have different types, I just chose one, sorry I can't remember the name.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 18, 2014 / 11:33 am

      Thanks for helping out Bolaji 🙂

  44. Zainab Igwe
    October 14, 2014 / 10:46 pm

    Hi. I made mine and I do have some complaints. The taste didnt come out like the normal mcvities. After using the recipe, the dough was still sticky, so I had to add more flour and little icing sugar, in order to get what I saw in your video.And I used blue band butter.My questions, if I want to use measuring cups, what would be my measurements? And what might be the reason behind my taste change and stickiness?Is blue band really okay for it?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 15, 2014 / 7:47 am

      Hi Zainab, first Blue band is not real butter, it is margarine and does not taste like butter, that is why you didn't get the mcvities taste dearie. Margarine is hydrogenated and highly processed vegetable oil while Butter is made from cream that is found in milk. 2nd, I don't think you used the recipe as it is, because the dough is not supposed to be sticky, in the video the dough isn't sticky, watch it again and you'll see that.As for using measuring cups, 150ML will give you close to150grms.You can also use the small evaporated peak milk tin which weighs about 170grams.

    • Zainab Igwe
      October 15, 2014 / 10:28 am

      When I said sticky, I meant my dough was sticky.And not that your dough in the video was sticky. Its just that I had to add more flour to mine to make it look like your non sticky dough.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 16, 2014 / 12:36 pm


  45. Anonymous
    October 14, 2014 / 10:39 pm

    pls can u give me d name of butter dats nt margrine nd also good for making shortbread biscuit?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 18, 2014 / 11:20 am

      I used oldenburger butter, you can get it at big supermarkets

    • Kezia Oguntuase
      June 24, 2015 / 8:59 pm

      Pls how much is the oldenburger butter?

    • martins olaide
      January 24, 2016 / 7:56 am


  46. Anonymous
    October 14, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    pls can u give me d name of butter dats nt margrine dat is good for making shortbread?

  47. Lindjoy
    October 11, 2014 / 10:25 am

    So happy cuz of dz recipe,tks Nky for d sweet recipe.pls i have measuring problem,which common cup can i use nd pls how many grams is it equal to.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 14, 2014 / 9:56 pm

      Hi dear, you are always welcome.You can use the peak milk evaporated can, it weighs about 170 grams.

  48. Anonymous
    October 8, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    Hello nky. Pls how many ML cup wil giv me 150 grms if I want to measure? Tnks for d recipe nd I want to do it now

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 10, 2014 / 1:20 pm

      Hi dear,150ML will give you 150grms.

  49. Anonymous
    October 7, 2014 / 10:39 am

    Can icing sugar be made at home? I don't have any or can I use normal sugar.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 7, 2014 / 10:46 am

      I just posted a recipe for homemade icing sugar, here it isHomemade Icing Sugar 

  50. laura
    October 7, 2014 / 9:26 am

    Hi Nky, u are simply wonderful, u are indeed God sent, I just tried it, but it was so hard to get butter what we mostly see is margarine. My kids are so happy. Thank you, one love!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 7, 2014 / 2:54 pm

      H dearie, I'm so glad your kids enjoyed it and it came out well, even though you used margarine. Thanks for your lovely feedback.

  51. Anonymous
    October 3, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    Oh finally..ure God sent,xoxoxotnk u

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 3, 2014 / 2:52 pm

      You're always welcome, xoxo

  52. Anonymous
    October 3, 2014 / 10:47 am

    thank u thank u thank u.No more buying shortbread, now I can make my own.God bless u.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 3, 2014 / 1:54 pm

      You're always welcome, God bless you too 🙂

  53. Snow
    October 3, 2014 / 8:05 am

    Nice Job dear…..thumbs up,Please what effect will it have if I use margarine instead of butter?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 3, 2014 / 2:50 pm

      If you use margarine, You'll get a different taste, texture and aroma.

    • Anonymous
      January 25, 2015 / 2:20 pm

      Please the butter is it salted or unsalted?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 27, 2015 / 11:36 am


  54. Adeleke Bolaji
    October 2, 2014 / 1:33 pm

    Wow, I didn't know it could be made at home too. You are the best Nky, will surely try it this weekend,thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 3, 2014 / 1:53 pm

      You're welcome,I'll be expecting your feedback.

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