Nana's Spicy Cheese Shortbread Biscuits. Whip up this easy shortbread biscuit recipe in under 30 minutes. Great as a quick snack.
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Nana's Cheese Shortbread Biscuits

An old family favourite, you can whip up a batch of these easy spicy cheese shortbread biscuits in under 30 minutes. Great as a quick snack or for tucking into a lunchbox.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 18
Calories: 96kcal
Author: Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas


  • 113 g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 150 g (1 cup) plain flour
  • 135 g (1 cup) grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 175C.
  • Line a tray with baking paper and set aside.
  • Mix the flour, cheese, baking powder, salt and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl.
  • Melt the butter, either in a small saucepan or the microwave, and pour over the dry ingredients. Mix well.   
  • Roll a scant tablespoon of the mixture into a small ball.  Place the ball onto the lined tray, and press flat with the tines of a fork.
  • Repeat with the remainder of the mixture
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until the shortbreads are golden brown. Remove from the oven.
  • Cool the shortbreads on a tray for five minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. 


Don't wait until all the balls are formed before trying to flatten them with the fork.  As the butter cools it will re-solidify, making the balls more difficult to press, and they are likely to crack. 


Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.5g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 7.3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 146.2mg | Vitamin A: 350IU