Friday, August 7, 2020

Buckingham Palace Shortbread from Vicki Delany

For the second round of my Shortbread Bake-off to find the best recipe to include in Murder in a Tea Cup (Tea by the Sea #2, coming summer 2021) this is the one I tried. This is supposedly the recipe they use for shortbread at Buckingham Palace. I’ve seen several different recipes that apparently are the ones favoured by the queen, so I’d take that claim with a pinch of salt. However, they are made in my kitchen, so that’s just as good. Right?

2 cups cake flour
3⁄4 cup cornstarch  + 1 tablespoon
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
1⁄4 cup confectioners’ sugar

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, and salt until well blended.

In a stand mixer set on medium speed, beat the butter until creamy. Beat in the granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. On low speed, add the flour mixture in two or three additions until it forms a soft dough. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F

On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll the dough out to a ¾-inch-thick slab,
Transfer, parchment and all, to the baking sheet and bake until lightly golden and firm to the touch, about 40 minutes. Slip the parchment paper with the shortbread onto a hard surface. Immediately sprinkle the shortbread heavily with the confectioners' sugar. 

While still warm, cut the shortbread into 1- or 1 ½-inch pieces. Let cool completely.

Now available: Tea and Treachery, the first Tea by the Tea mystery from Kensington Publishing.


  1. The book and the shortbread look so good. This may have been the recipe that Mary Berry uses. Someone gave it to me and it was actually easy and came out wonderful. I love that cover of the book.

  2. How interesting that a recipe with so few ingredients has so many variations!
    And they are (almost) all delicious.

  3. I love shortbread, it is probably my favorite cookie. I really like the Walker's brand shortbread cookies, but found a recipe that I like almost as well, so when I want some I just make my own now. I tried a couple of different recipes before I found the one I make now, but everyone likes it so well I had quit hunting for a better one, but I'll have to give yours a try... Thanks for the recipe!