• Strawberry Shortbread Biscuits

Strawberry Shortbread Biscuits

Have you every heard the term extroverted introvert? Well, should you Google it, you’ll surely find my name will as the first part of the definition. In life, I’m bubbly and vivacious and yet, it’s so funny, as underneath all the raucous laughter and bravado, I am actually dying on the inside. Clearly, there is a touch of melodrama to me too. (If only my stage career had taken off in theatre school, daaarling… lol).

Strawberry Shortbread Biscuits

Being that I am far more comfortable if a touch lonely behind my camera and laptop than outside with the three-dimensional people, imagine how much I blushed when a lady I’ve never met sent me a beautiful little crystal glass preserves jar as she saw me saying I’d love one to stamp cookies with on Facebook? Oh my, I get so awkward at such lovely, touching, generous acts as I simply don’t ever imagine I even enter anyone’s thoughts if I’m not right in front of them. It really meant a lot to me and I set about creating a recipe for the lovely Deborah, who works with Hungry Hubby. Of course, in a classic JoJo move, I made them as a surprise for her to say thank you without knowing she was off work for a week! Lucky they are easy peasy to whip up so I’ll send another batch in soon!

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Cookies are such a lovely thing to make as a gift. They last well so the recipient isn’t obliged to gobble them up in one go (although of course, they may do!) and they are easier to package up than a cream cake! These shortbread cookies are fragrant with vanilla seeds and freeze-dried strawberries and despite being very buttery, they are light and melting in texture. They are quite delicate and crumble if handled roughly so be dainty and put a napkin in your lap as you eat. Or hold your saucer from the cup of tea you’ll want to drink with them under your chin 😉

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You mix the dough all in one in a bowl or stand mixer and after making a sausage shape of cookie dough, chill it, slice it, stamp with a patterned bottom glass if you have one, if not any old glass will do. A quick chill again means the embossed pattern remains on baking and these buttery little biccies don’t spread. And they are so pretty with the strawberry pieces and stamped pattern they don’t need any further adornment. They aren’t too sweet so a dusting of icing sugar would be just lovely if you fancy it. I always leave the end pieces as they are, a little awkward and misshapen and gobble them as this awkward baker’s perk. They are a little underdone in the middle being thicker and I love that.

Thank you Deborah for your lovely gift – I hope you enjoy the cookies when you are back at work!

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Strawberry Shortbread Biscuits
Not too sweet, tender little vanilla and strawberry shortbread biscuits that melt in the mouth. Beautiful with a cup of tea.
Servings: 12 biscuits
: 185 kcal
Author: Just Jo
  • 220 g plain flour
  • Seeds of a vanilla bean
  • 2 tbsp freeze dried strawberry pieces
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 150 g soft butter
  • 1 large egg yolk
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a stand mixer until they form large clumps them form into a sausage shape about 1.5-2 inches in diameter, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 mins. If the strawberry pieces are very large, chop them finely to begin with.
  2. Slice rounds about 8mm thick and place on a lined baking sheet. If you have a glass with a patterned bottom, dip it in flour and press down to flatten the biscuits to about half the thickness and emboss the pattern onto them.
  3. Refrigerate again for thirty minutes up to over night to chill down thoroughly on the tray.
  4. Bake at 180˚C in a preheated for 10-12 minutes on a lower shelf in the oven.
  5. Place the whole tray on a rack and leave until completely cool to transfer to a serving plate. they are very tender biscuits and will crumble if handled too roughly.
Recipe Notes

You can make the biscuits smaller or larger but you'll need to keep an eye on them and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
I buy my freeze dried strawberries in my local supermarket - you can get small tubes from larger Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Tesco stores and Ocado do them too. Do share if you find them reasonably priced elsewhere.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Shortbread Biscuits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Potassium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6.7%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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By |2018-06-14T11:24:43+00:00July 29th, 2015|Categories: Cookies, Home Baking, Sweet Treats|Tags: , , , , , |12 Comments


  1. lucybishop2012 29th July 2015 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Oh wowsers! These shortbreads look incredible – and what a thoughtful gift – the glass makes the perfect imprint, they look so professional! I bet they taste dreamy. You’re so right, the gift of biscuits is always well received and really easy to package beautifully. Another fab post Jojo! x

    • Just Jo 29th July 2015 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Lucy 😀 They were demolished rapido I believe 😉

  2. Melanie 29th July 2015 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to bake these!!! Utterly moreish looking ?

    • Just Jo 29th July 2015 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      They are very easy to eat more than one, or two… 😉

  3. Katie Whyte 30th July 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Hello – is there no sugar required in this recipe? Katie 🙂

    • Just Jo 30th July 2015 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Well spotted Katie – I’ve updated the recipe to include the sugar. Sorry about that but thank’s for letting me know x

      • Katie 31st July 2015 at 9:09 am - Reply

        That’s ok – I did think sugar free shortbread would just be too good to be true! 😉

        • Just Jo 31st July 2015 at 10:33 am - Reply

          Oh, sorry to disappoint! It is quite low an amount of sugar, if that makes you feel any better 😉

  4. Daniel Etherington 31st July 2015 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Great technique with the bottom of the glass. Nifty.

  5. Mel martin 4th June 2017 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Made it with fresh strawberries out the garden cut into tiny pieces , the water content obviously made the dough tackier so I just put an extra handful of flour in ,, very nice !

    • Just Jo 5th June 2017 at 7:03 am - Reply

      Yay! So glad it worked out with fresh berries – the extra flour is definitely needed. So pleased you enjoyed them Mel 😀

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