Custard Shortbreads

Custard Shortbreads

When my last tin of Bird’s Custard Powder was nearing its use-by date, I scoured the internet looking for different ways to use it up quickly, which is how I found these custard shortbreads.

I’m so glad I found them, they’re quick and easy to make, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, now I’m kind of sad I ran out of custard powder – I need an excuse to get another tin, because I want to make these over and over again.

Custard Shortbreads Custard Shortbreads
Custard Shortbreads Custard Shortbreads

I recently made a batch for my friend K’s dad to take on his flight back home to the UK, he loved them so much (or appreciated the gesture), he’s promised me a large tin of custard powder when he’s coming back this summer.

The cookies are similar to these Christmas time cookies, with custard powder instead of almond meal, the texture is a little bit more airy and delicate, and the taste is lighter.

They make the perfect snack-time treat, and I’m in love with their bright yellow colour.

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Custard Shortbreads

From A Spoonful of Sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, icing sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add vanilla extract and salt, and mix
  4. Blend in custard powder and flour, and mix until well combined
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
  6. Shape dough into balls and place on baking sheets
  7. Flatten balls slightly with a fork
  8. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, do not let them brown – remove as soon as edges start to brown slightly
  9. Cool lightly, then dust with more icing sugar
  10. Enjoy!


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  • Reply Anjo Angela Lim

    YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMEH. Custard + Shortbread = Heart Stopping Mouthgasmic Experiences. Loving this.

    1 May, 2013 at 1:37 am
    • Reply Elsa

      Yeah! Mouthgasmic… these cookies are definitely that!

      2 May, 2013 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    I think you have just made me fall in love with custard…….

    1 May, 2013 at 2:38 am
    • Reply Elsa

      Awww… I know… 🙂

      2 May, 2013 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Caitlin M.

    you are amazing! i just read your “100 things” and i was mesmerized! you are leading such an interesting life and are so engaging.

    2 May, 2013 at 9:47 am
    • Reply Elsa

      Wow Caitlin! Thanks you’re so kind… most days, I don’t think my life is that interesting 🙂 Nice to ‘meet you’!

      3 May, 2013 at 10:33 am

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