Try making these easy, buttery shortbread biscuits for an afternoon activity with the kids. This recipe also works as homemade Christmas presents, with chocolate chips or orange zest added the dough.

Cakes and baking

Buyer's guide

You can buy good-quality packets or tins of individual shortbread biscuits, either plain or with additions such as chocolate chips or stem ginger pieces.

Preparation

Shortbread can be eaten on its own or crumbled and used as a base for tarts or cheesecakes. Make strawberry shortcakes by serving a sandwich of shortbread filled with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.