Phil Vickery's cardamom shortbreads recipe

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Phil Vickery's cardamom shortbreads are the perfect biscuits for dipping in tea or wrap up as a Christmas food gift. They put a lovely twist on a classic

Phil Vickery's cardamom shortbreads
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  • Vegetarian
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time15 mins (plus pastry chilling time)
Total Time35 mins

Phil Vickery's cardamom shortbreads put a lovely twist on a classic recipe using aromatic cardamom cooking seeds, which give them a kick of Indian flavour. These are the perfect dipping biscuits so make sure to serve them alongside a hot cup of tea, and be warned - friends and family are going to want more so make sure you have enough to go round! Shortbreads are always a favourite, let alone these that have a little extra something in them!

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  • 225g (8oz) plain flour
  • 115g (4oz) cornflour
  • 225g (8oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 55g (2oz) caster sugar
  • 55g (2oz) icing sugar, sieved
  • 12 green cardamoms




  1. Sieve the flour and cornflour together.
  2. Beat the butter and sugars together in a bowl until soft and fluffy.
  3. Split open the cardamom pods and place the seeds into a pestle and mortar and grind to a powder. Add the cardamom powder to the butter and sugar mixture along with the flour and cornflour and then knead well to make a dough. Shape into a ball then flatten and wrap in cling film. Chill for about 15 mins.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Grease 2 baking sheets.
  5. Roll out the dough to about 5mm (¼”) thick then use a 7cm (2¾”) diameter cutter to cut out the biscuits.
  6. Place on the baking sheets then bake for about 12-15 mins, or until pale golden brown. Allow to cool slightly on the baking sheets before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
Top Tip for making Phil Vickery's cardamom shortbreads

Cardamons work well with the sharpness of lemons. If you're feeling adventurous, why not add in the zest of a lemon to your shortbread mixture at step 3?

Phil Vickery
Celebrity Chef

Phil Vickery has been part of the This Morning team for over 20 years and his recipes are unsurprisingly a huge hit with families as they are fuss-free, wholesome and delicious. He’s one of the country’s most-loved chefs and is passionate about using locally sourced ingredients to cook classic British dishes. In fact, in Phil’s spare time he likes to spend ours on his farm tending to the land and livestock, which includes pigs.