Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon

Buttery Shortbread Pastry Dough

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields enough dough for 1 single pie crust, 8 mini tarts, or 12 turnovers.

This versatile dough can be used for everything from tarts to pie crust to turnovers. The dough is quite soft, but all the butter in the recipe makes it forgiving and easy to work with. When baked, the crust is very tender—almost like a shortbread cookie.


  • 9 oz. (2 cups) bleached allpurpose flour
  • 7 oz. (14 Tbs.) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. chilled heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. table salt


  • In a food processor, combine the flour, butter, egg, sugar, cream, lemon juice, and salt and pulse until the dough starts gathering together in big clumps, as shown below. Turn the dough out onto a counter and gather it together. Shape the dough as directed in the recipe you’re making.

Turn leftover pastry dough into shortbread cookie bars.


Rate or Review

Reviews (4 reviews)

  • Danamay07 | 08/23/2011

    Super easy and very good! What's not to love about throwing all the ingredients in a food processor and pushing a button? I used raw sugar instead of granulated and was concerned that that would have messed the dough up- but it was fine, there were crystals visible in the dough before I cooked it...but it turned out fine. I used the dough in a turnover recipe, where I subsituted the raspberry filling with peaches...Really, really good. Add this recipe to your collection!

  • Prettygurrly | 11/06/2010

    Very salty. Pastry was great consistency but inedible.

  • dcbrush | 08/18/2010

    I LOVE shortbread pastries and this one is truly delicious! HOWEVER, I would not recommend this recipe to someone who is a beginner. It is extremely difficult to work with because it gets soft very quickly at room temperature. So be prepared to refrigerate the dough frequently as you work with it. I used this recipe to make the Rustic Red Raspberry Turnovers here on this site, and just like shortbread, I had to bake it in a much slower oven - 300 degrees instead of the 400 degrees the recipe called for. In the hotter oven, the pastry edges burned before the turnovers were cooked through. Just something to be aware of should you decide to take on the challenge of this pastry dough.

  • helenlong | 12/22/2008

    Really lovely flavour and texture. Crumbly, but firm enough not to collapse as soon as you pick up your mince pie!

Rate this Recipe

Write a Review

Delicious Dish

Find the inspiration you crave for your love of cooking

Fine Cooking Magazine

Subscribe today
and save up to 44%

Already a subscriber? Log in.


View All


Follow Fine Cooking on your favorite social networks