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What’s better than a doughnut? Well, not much to be honest, but how about a cookie which LOOKS like a doughnut while we’re thinking about it? These cookies are not only cute and doughnut shaped, the recipe for them is just a really great shortbread recipe too!

Recipe –

300g plain flour
100g caster sugar
Pinch of salt
250g unsalted butter, cold and chopped into cubes
Vanilla extract

200g icing sugar, sifted
10g powdered egg white
4 tbsp water
Food Colouring


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  1. Swati M says:

    My dough didn't quite set, so I put some milk in it – hopefully it comes out ok.

  2. millie mopsx says:

    What food colour did you use x I'd like to get some new ones cause the ones I have at the moment don't really do anything xx

  3. Kristy and Kimberly Sorto says:

    Is she from England ?

  4. Jareth Norman says:

    Hi, can anyone tell me what 'short' means in this context? Thanks in advance 🙂

  5. bananamurples says:

    Hello! How long would you be rubbing if you were doing this by hand?

  6. Kenna Darlyne says:


  7. Charlotte Reid says:

    I love this!! 🍩 where abouts exactly is your shop? I would love to go there next time I'm in London!! Also have you thought about setting up shops in other city's? Xxx

  8. Natalie Daglish-Cooper says:

    Thank you so much for the lovely recipe and video! My 7 year old daughter Erin and I made these today and they were absolutely delicious!

  9. Nouf Ansari says:

    I love your dessert recepies

  10. Cakes Cupcakes says:

    Could I make this recipe as a gingerbread house my kids hates ginger so i thought i mite in shortbread

  11. Helen Jansen says:

    Can I use jam to sandwich the cookies together? They look gorgeous!

  12. Bridgette Young says:

    salted or unsalted butter?

  13. David Price says:

    Can I use a blender

  14. Badyh Bader says:

    hi good thanks ilove your cookies

  15. Vincent says:

    what is the reason if my dough come out too soft?

  16. Madonna dona says:

    amazing 😍😍😍😍😍

  17. Kathy Saffery says:

    Just made these .. yum !

  18. Pear says:

    What do you do with the dough scrap that cannot be rolled out any further?

  19. Rimmy Kaur says:


  20. Akosua Boabeng says:

    hi Jemma,I'm from Ghana and I've been watching your videos for a while now,I really love them,they're easy to make but we don't have certain products like shortening,butter,corn syrup,heavy cream (If they're available I'm sure they're really expensive),can you show me substitutes

  21. Ziara Saira says:

    why do you have 1 earning Jemma

  22. Jenna Wade says:

    Need to try these! 💗 ps. You have only got one earring in 😂😂 xx

  23. Sofie Steenberger says:

    Hi. I don't know if anyone has some tips for me. I made these, and iced them, but I feel like the icing made the shortbread a little soft, and not ad crunchy. Has anyone had the same experience? My icing wasn't that wet, so I don't really get it.

  24. Manar TV says:


  25. Carol Wocker says:

    They are biscuits not cookies. 😀

  26. Melissa Anderson says:

    These turned out amazing for me. I like them with more nutella.

  27. Mark Van Drumpt says:

    i complete failed them they were to thin and i burnt them well done me, i am going to try it again next week tho (btw its not the recipes fault just mine) 😉

  28. Amina Parkar says:

    Super amazing 👌👌

  29. Letana Blampain says:

    So cool!!

  30. Dan Clark says:

    I am going to make these for a bake sale!!!

  31. Robert Goh says:

    Salted butter is better for shortbread.

  32. Robert Goh says:

    I use 250 grams of Salted butter (not Unsalted butter) to get the buttery taste.

  33. Saloua Azouzi says:

    Anyone in 2018

  34. Amy Inker says:

    Love your videos can you do a simpsons doughnut one with strawberry flavour pink icing ive just got a new electric mixing bowl that has dough hooks on so really want to make doughnuts id love to have a paddle connector the same as yours but never mind im still chiffed i got one ive allways wanted one.

  35. Gulya Swift says:


  36. Ashley Neumann says:

    I made this over the long weekend, but I used my hands as I don't have a food processor. I have arthritis and nerve damage, so the pain was pretty bad the following day, but it came out delicious! Then I immediately ordered myself a processor so I can make these again without the pain. Lol. My husband, sister and her boyfriend all said they tasted like Christmas! Thank you Jemma!

  37. MARIA JOANNOU says:

    Made this shortbread this morning. This recipe is gorgeous. I also added orange zest

  38. Mari Carvajal says:

    Can you use a stand mixer to do this?

  39. Laura Edwards says:

    "With nice clean hands, I'm gonna squeeze this all together" ….. Cupcake Jemma was washing her hands waaaay before it was C O O L! 😂

  40. Uummannaqsong says:

    I would be disappointed if someone fooled me with shortbread cookies that look like donuts. I'd rather have actual donuts, haha.

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