Small batch shortbread flowers

I first started to look into small batch baking a few years ago, when baking was my new favourite hobby. I love to be creative with baked goods, but when I was home on the weekend I might make up to three new bakes, and at full size they were going stale before they were finished. We didn’t really have the freezer space to accommodate all the cakes, muffins and cookies I wanted to have a go at.

What is small batch baking?

Small batch baking is simply a way to make all the things you want to make, but at a reduced volume. So instead of turning out 18-24 cookies, you might get six. There’s lots of reasons you might want to limit your batch size when it comes to all those yummy baking delights. Whether you are watching your treat or snack sizes, or your household is smaller, or no one in the house likes shortbread but yourself; these are all good reasons to give small batch a go.

Small batch shortbreak flowers

These shortbread biscuits are a simple recipe. Not only do you not need many ingredients, but you need less of each since you are only making a small number of the biscuits. For these shortbread flowers you will need;

  • 50 grams of butter
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • A pinch of salt

Melt your butter slightly for 30 seconds in the microwave. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix to combine. Knead the mixture until it forms a round dough and then wrap in plastic wrap for the fridge. Leave it to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Roll your dough out on a floured surface, and then cut your flowers out. If you find the mixture is crumbly, work the dough a bit longer to combine it again. I used a flower cookie cutter, but you can make any shape you have a cutter for.

Bake the biscuits at 180 degrees C for approximately 10-12 minutes. When they are brown at the edge of each cookie, they are done.

Cool them on a wire cake rack. Once they are cold, you can decorate them as you like. Decorating them can be great fun for the kids and there aren’t so many cookies that they’ll get bored of the activity either. This recipe yielded me seven shortbread biscuits, though if I had a smaller cutter or made slightly thinner biscuits I may have had more in the batch.

This article was written by Kym Moore. Kym is a working mum of two, and occasional blogger. Fancies herself a writer, when she isn’t editing her kids’ vlogs or running their social media at Baby Likes Cake. Follow them on Facebook and YouTube.

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  1. Alezandra 16/05/2018 at 8:38 pm

    I am excited to try this recipe. Bookmark! The first time I made shortbread I was amazed that I have the skill but this is a good go-to and quick one to do with my son. I might start googling small batch recipes soon.

  2. Kjgee 14/05/2018 at 10:52 am

    I am fortunate enough to have a deep freeze where I can put a lot of baking, but small batch baking sounds like a great idea for when we need something for school lunches but not a lot of ingredients! It’ll also be great for my 10 year old who loves to bake but doesn’t always have the patience to stand there rolling out 60 cookies!

  3. SarahBlair 11/05/2018 at 10:13 pm

    Yum! I love shortbread! I will have to make this (as soon as I get the oven fixed) They won’t last long in my house though!

  4. felicity beets 27/04/2018 at 7:45 pm

    I think I would prefer to make bigger batch and then store in the garage freezer. Would perhaps be good if you didn’t have much ingredients in the house but still wanted something sweet.

  5. Angelgirl081 25/04/2018 at 10:20 am

    I just couldn’t do it. Haha I’d just want to keep baking more and more. Even big batches don’t last long in our house hahah

  6. MuddledUpMolly 24/04/2018 at 3:15 pm

    I have never heard of small batch baking but I think it is a great idea! First of all you don’t feel guilty for eating the whole lot because you don’t want it to spoil and secondly it is a great idea for people who struggle with their weight/overeating. Win/win 🙂

  7. Mands1980 13/04/2018 at 8:20 pm

    I have never heard of small batch baking but this just sounds so easy to do will have to give it ago these holidays and see how we go. It’s better to have fresh baking as well instead of it going off in a container.

  8. kymmage 11/04/2018 at 11:38 am

    Yeah I know I could freeze my baking but I don’t always like the taste of defrosted baking either. I don’t freeze our bread at all.

  9. Shorrty4life1 11/04/2018 at 11:27 am

    Great article. Might be worth having a go with this recipe. Good idea with school holidays coming up the kids always love to get their hands dirty with some baking.

  10. Bevik1971 11/04/2018 at 10:17 am

    My kind of recipe!! Love small batch baking – I don’t really like making the full size batches for cookies as I normally make them for my 5 year olds lunches and don’t like making too many (otherwise I end up eating them haha). When I make a cake I make though I cut it and freeze it, I’m sure you can do the same with cookies but prefer not to. I’m going to try this recipe with my daughter 🙂

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