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DIY: shortbread-y biscuit recipe

Biscuits are pretty much always wrapped in plastic, but a world without them is a sad one. Sometimes making your own biscuits can result in less waste that buying the shop bought ones. However, there is a seemingly infinite number of biscuit recipes online, each more complex than the last, and potentially making more waste than just buying the ones in the shop.

So when I found a recipe with only three ingredients that used one bowl and spoon, and also made great biscuits, I was sold. I'm not a baker and don't like any complex DIYs, so I'm sure this one is possible for you too!

Shortbread-y Biscuits


  • 225g of room temperature butter
  • 110g of caster sugar (Fairtrade ideally)
  • 275g plain flour (sieved if you can be bothered. I don't)
  • Any thing else you may fancy like cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, lavender, chocolate chips etc.


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (fan)
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar
  3. Mix in the flour (and then any additional ingredients) until it's a smooth dough
  4. Use your hands to roll the dough into balls the size of a conker/apricot. Or whatever size you fancy, but bigger will take longer to cook
  5. Space them out on a baking tray, thankfully no need to grease it, and slightly flatten the balls with a fork
  6. Pop them in a fridge to harden for 5-10 minutes
  7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the edges start to go golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and try not to stuff in your mouth until fully cooled. Once cool they may need a slight wiggle to remove them from the tray.

There you go, a recipe so simple even I do it!

The butter packet is usually the only waste created as sugar and flour can be bought in bulk, or at least in paper. I try to buy 500g blocks of butter so that I can get two batches of biscuits out of it to reduce the waste. If you want you can try substituting butter for coconut oil in glass, and let me know how it goes!

In an air tight jar or tin they last for weeks, if you don't eat them all in that time...


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