15 Minute Almond Shortbread

I’ve been playing around with some flavourings and decided that a little hint of almond, subtle but distinct, would be just the thing for this easy shortbread. These are flaky and melt in your mouth delicious, so if you want a quick easy shortbread that takes 5 minutes to mix up and 10 minutes to cook, these babies are for you.   Although not made like traditional shortbread, I promise you it tastes just as delicious .  If almond isn’t your thing though, it is just as tasty with vanilla essence as a replacement.


Almond shortbread from Shades of Cinnamon

As I am about to close my suitcase, packed and ready to go on a two week trip around Europe, I thought I would quickly share these delicious little guys with you.  I’m heading for a quick stop in London, Paris and Cologne and then meeting my beautiful daughter for a week in Italy.  Lets hope all our Italian lessons are going to be put into practice when we are there.  We plan on eating and drinking our way around Venice, Bologna, and Florence, but I suppose the only sentence I really need to know is “Vorrei del vino Rosso per favore”  – as you can guess that means – Please can I have some red wine?

Oh, and we are heading off for a day of truffle hunting , so watch out for that coming up soon.  I have replaced my beautiful heavy camera, which is normally an extension of me, with a new little Nikon point and shoot camera for my trip this time.  I’m so nervous that once I am there I will be sorry, but here goes, lets see what happens.



I have made this shortbread in mini tart tins, and used round cookie cutters for the larger ones, but you can make them into any shape you like.  Place the cutters onto a baking tray and press the dough into the cutter.  Sprinkle with a few slithered almonds and press into the dough.  If you are using tart tins sprinkle the bottom of the tin with almonds and then press the dough on top.  This way, when you turn them out your almonds will be on the top.

If you don’t have any tins or cutters just roll the dough into balls and press down gently to flatten them slightly.

Wait until cool before dusting with icing sugar.


Almond shortbread from Shades of Cinnamon

If you are looking for a Traditional Scottish Shortbread try this great recipe here , and for  Cocoa Shortbread cookies here.

Arrivederci my friends, and happy baking.

4 from 3 votes
Almond Shortbread
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Quick 10 minute shortbread bakes
Course: Baking
Servings: 18
Author: Shades of Cinnamon
  • 200 g flour
  • 200 g butter , chilled
  • 60 g castor sugar
  • 1 tsp almond essence (or Vanilla if you prefer)
  • Slithered almonds
  • Icing sugar to dust
  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  2. Cut chilled butter into cubes and together with the flour process until combined in a food processor.
  3. Add the sugar and almond essence and pulse until mixed thoroughly.
  4. Press balls of the mixture into shaped cookie moulds, or small metal tart moulds.
  5. Sprinkle with slithered almonds if mixture in cookie moulds, and press into the dough. If you use tart moulds, please a few slithered almonds into the mould and then add the dough on top.
  6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until slightly golden.


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  • Reply Michaela September 7, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    With such beautiful pictures how can anyone resist these. Thank you I will be trying these this weekend

  • Reply Janice September 7, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Lovely darling but can you make them for me?

  • Reply Diana September 7, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Oh my these look absolutely wonderful. I am so enjoying your blog and although I am not s good cook have tried a number of your recipes which have all turned out well considering that I am an absolute beginner at baking. These look easy enough to try so I’ll be getting on with them.

  • Reply Anne September 7, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Have a wonderful trip and looking forward to some great truffle images. I have never tasted truffles and will be very interested to see what you think of them . Are you going with pigs or dogs?

  • Reply ratna September 8, 2016 at 2:36 AM

    Have a wonderful trip Ev! We will be waiting to hear from you. The shortbreads look delicious!

  • Reply Elizabeth September 16, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Perfect little tea treats; lovely post. Have an unforgettable trip and enjoy the one-of-a-kind opportunity to go truffle hunting. I own a Nikon and would love to hear your experience with your new camera. Safe travels! Arrivederci, carissima Ev! 🙂

  • Reply ratna September 24, 2016 at 5:43 AM

    Hi Ev, Its me again. I am so loving your Insta feed. Are you taking the pictures in your DSLR camera and then transporting it to Insta or are you using the cell phone camera? If in fact you are using your DSLR, can you please send me a link showing how to please? Cant wait to learn more about your trip…

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon September 26, 2016 at 11:28 AM

      Hi Ratna, I have just got back from such an amazing trip. I only took a point and shoot camera with me, which was a little disappointing so no great images unfortunately, but at least I didnt have to carry my heavy DSLR around with me everywhere. This was more of an eating trip than anything else. I use my iphone for the images on instagram, its just so quick and easy. I have an app which I downloaded onto my phone called Snapseed. Its a free app, and it has a lot of editing features which is great if you need to do anything to your photo. Hope this helps. xxx

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