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Orange and thyme shortbreads

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  • Vegetarian
  • Egg free
  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free

Buttery shortbread infused with orange and thyme. Who could possibly resist?

  • Serves20
  • Cook time15 minutes
  • Prep time25 minutes, + Cooling time
Stacks of orange and thyme shortbreads


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • 1/4 cup (45g) rice flour
  • 2 tsp finely grated orange rind
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely chopped thyme

Orange buttercream

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 1 cup (160g) icing sugar mixture
  • 1 tsp finely grated orange rind
  • 3 tsp orange juice

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  1. Step 1

    Use an electric mixer to beat butter and caster sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Stir in plain flour and rice flour until dough comes together. Shape into a disc.
  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 160°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  3. Step 3

    Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Add the orange rind and thyme and knead until smooth. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to a 3mm-thick disc. Use a 4cm round fluted pastry cutter to cut discs from the dough, rerolling the excess. Place on the lined trays.
  4. Step 4

    Bake, swapping trays halfway through cooking, for 10-15 mins or until light golden. Set aside on the trays to cool completely.
  5. Step 5

    To make orange buttercream, use an electric mixer to beat the butter in a bowl until very pale. Gradually add the icing sugar, 1 tbs at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the orange rind and orange juice and beat until well combined. Place in a piping bag fitted with a 5mm plain nozzle.
  6. Step 6

    Pipe the orange buttercream over half the biscuits. Top with the remaining biscuits.

    Serve with orange zest and thyme leaves.

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