Roberta Muir’s Lemon Shortbread Cookies

You could enjoy these with a cup of tea or coffee at any time, but I prefer them as an after dinner treat with a good grappa. Store any leftover cookies (without topping) in an airtight container for up to a week, store the buttercream covered in the fridge and combine them just before serving.

Makes: about 21


  • 125g salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour

Lemon Buttercream

  • 50g salted butter
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Place butter and icing sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer, finely grate lemon zest over the top and beat together until fluffy.

Sift in combined flour and cornflour and mix to combine well.

Turn onto a clean, dry work surface and knead lightly to form a soft dough.

Gently pat and roll into a rectangle about 15 x 20cm.

Cut into 21 pieces and place onto a baking paper-lined baking tray with a little space between them.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until just starting to colour around the edges.

Meanwhile, make Lemon Buttercream: beat butter, icing sugar and lemon juice together until fluffy; refrigerate until needed.

Remove cookies from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

When ready to serve, spread Lemon Buttercream on top of them and enjoy.

Roberta Muir is a food, wine and travel consultant, writer and cookbook author. Visit her website for more recipes and insights.

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Written by Roberta Muir

Roberta Muir loves making it easy for home cooks to explore new cuisines and ingredients and sharing her passion for cooking, eating, drinking and travelling. She’s a recipe writer, cooking teacher, and author of four cookbooks including the Sydney Seafood School Cookbook. Find more of her inspiration at

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