First Foot Shortbread Recipe

The tradition of first footing has led various members of my family into various escapades – but at least we always turn up on a doorstep with a tasty, home-made gift in hand!

Here’s our family’s tried and tested shortbread recipe, handed down through the generations.


My Granny’s Shortbread

  • 250 grams butter
  • 125 grams caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 250 grams plain flour
  • 125 grams cornflour/rice flour or a mixture of both
  • Caster Sugar


Cream together butter, sugar and salt until white and fluffy.
Sieve flours and gradually add to creamed butter and sugar until all combined.
Knead well on a surface dusted with cornflour.
Roll out to approx ¼ inch, cut out and place shortbread fingers on
lightly-greased oven tray.
Use a wooden skewer or cocktail stick to make the decorative marks
on the top of each finger.
Bake in pre-heated oven at 170°C for 25 to 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with caster sugar and transfer to a cooling tray.


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