Shortbread with Candy Centers

In our house we love to bake and this Sunday we crushed up some sweets and made shortbread with a little more flour than usual and hey presto, we couldn’t stop eating these little treats. Please see recipe below, if you dare …


  • 4oz or 100gms Butter
  • 4oz or 100gms Sugar
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • Few drops of Vanilla Essence
  • 9oz or 225gms Plain Flour
  • 9oz or 225gms Coloured Crushed Boiled Sweets (you may need more or less)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C, 375F, Gas Mark 5.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the egg and vanilla essence.
  • Sift and stir in the flour and mix to a soft dough.
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to around 3mm thick.
  • Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter and using a smaller shaped cutter to cut out the middle.
  • Transfer the cookies on to a baking tray lined with baking parchment paper and place the crushed  sweets in the middle of each biscuit. Makes about 24 biscuits.
  • Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes or until the sweets have melted and the biscuits are lightly golden in colour.
  • Leave the biscuits on the baking tray to cool, for 10 minutes.