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Christmas savoury shortbread biscuit recipe

Recipe for a delicious savoury shortbread, perfect for a Christmas party treat, from our McCarthy Stone Retirement Living Plus chefs.

Christmas savoury shortbread
Posted 04 November 2021
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Prep: 2 hours (including cooking) Cook: 90 minutes


For the shortbread

  • 100g plain flour
  • 50g cornflour
  • 2g baking powder
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 150g grated mature cheddar cheese
  • 30g dried cranberries



  1. Dice the butter into small cubes but keep chilled.
  2. Place the plain flour, baking powder and cornflour into a mixer and add the butter and mix until the dough becomes breadcrumb like and starts to clump.
  3. Add the finely grated cheddar and mix again for 30 seconds.
  4. Finely add the chopped dried cranberries and mix again until fully combined.
  5. Wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge for at least an hour.
  6. Roll out to and cut into whatever shape you require to approx. 3-5mm about the thickness of a pound coin.
  7. Rest again for 20 minutes prior to baking at 160°C for about 12-15 minutes until the edges are just turning golden brown.
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