Kirbie's Cravings

Custard Shortbread Cookies

I love shortbread cookies. They keep well, are easy to make, and melt in your mouth.

Recently I came across a recipe that uses custard powder to give an even more melt-in-your-mouth sensation than regular shortbread cookies. I love finding new ways to use custard powder. So far I’ve made an eggless custard cake and a pumpkin custard cake.

Custard powder is available at Fresh n’ Easy and on Amazon.

These were the fastest shortbread cookies I’ve ever made. I literally made them in the 10 minutes I was waiting for something else to finish.

I didn’t want to just make free-form circles, so I decided to use my cookie cutter and make some hearts to mix up with the round ones. I finished them off with some powdered sugar which I dusted over the top rather than rolling the cookies in it. I definitely recommend the sugar coating, otherwise the custard powder taste is a little strong.

Another note, if you make these cookies, do make them fast. Don’t let the dough sit around. For some reason the dough texture starts to stiffen up if you leave it sitting too long.

This is an easy recipe though and tasty. I would make these again. They also keep quite well. I had them over a week and they still tasted great. You can view the full recipe at A Spoonful of Sugar.

You might like my madeleine recipe, too!

Custard Shortbread Cookies

Servings: 15 cookies (approximately)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These cookies are so easy to make and keep well for up to a week. You can shape them like regular cookies or use cookie cutters to form them into different shapes.


  • 125 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 40 g 1/4 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for dusting the baked cookies
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 40 g 1/3 cup custard powder
  • 100 g 2/3 cup all-purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add the custard powder and flour and stir with a spoon until combined.
  • Roll the dough into balls and place on a baking sheet. Use a fork to slightly flatten the dough balls.
  • Bake the cookies for 12 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet and dust with more powdered sugar.


Recipe source: A Spoonful of Sugar

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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10 comments on “Custard Shortbread Cookies”

  1. They look delicious! We love how you made some in a heart shape. Thanks heaps for linking:)

  2. Can’t wait to make this with the Bird’s Custard Powder! The butter in the recipe is in grams, is that more than 1 stick’s worth?

  3. these cookies do look melt in your mouth!

  4. These look so cute!

  5. CC and I had the same thought about using Bird’s. That was the first thing I thought of to try this recipe.

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