Zesty Orange Shortbread


I love making shortbread and lately have been giving my newly created biscuits as gifts. Rather than make the traditional shortbread, I wanted to do something different.

Why not add freshly squeezed orange juice and zest to the shortbread?

I visisted Todarello’s Katoomba Village Fruit Market to stock up on Valencia oranges to make my zesty orange shortbread. Todarello’s have a great array of fresh produce to choose from and it is my one stop place to get quality ingredients.

Yummy Valencia oranges at Todarello’s Katoomba

I used the recipe from the McKenzies Rice Flour box, but with an added twist of orange juice and orange zest.

The Valencia oranges are so juicy and sweet


  • 225g plain flour, sifted
  • 115g McKenzie’s Rice Flour
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 225g butter, at room temperature
  • Juice of 2 fresh Valencia oranges
  • Zest of 2 Valencia oranges
Very orangy shortbread dough ready to roll out and create duck shortbread


Preheat oven to 180 degrees C or 356 F.

Step 1: Combine flour, rice flour, sugar, salt, add melted butter, add the juice of 2 Valencia oranges as well as the zest of 2 oranges (TIP: grate the zest first and then juice the oranges). Mix ingredients into a dough.

Step 2: Roll the dough onto a floured surface, make sure you have flour ready for the rolling pin, as well to help with the cookie cutters. Carefully roll to desired thickness and using a cookie cutter, shape into whatever shape takes your fancy. I used many different shapes, stars, a duck, a dog, and also the number 7.

Step 3: Place onto a tray lined with baking paper, prick with a fork, or add any decoration that you wish before the cookies go into the oven. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool before moving from the tray (If you move too quickly after coming out of the oven the biscuit can fall to bits – it needs more time to cool and harden).

Don’t the little shortbread ducks look cute

The zesty orange shortbread dough with a number 7 cookie cutter

Zesty Orange Shortbread 7’s for a little person’s 7th Birthday!

Number 7 shortbread waiting to go into the oven

All cooked and ready to eat!

The shortbread tasted delicious and the zest added a nice texture and added to the flavour too.

The star-shaped Zesty Orange Shortbread


Shortbread is yummy but zesty orange shortbread really is wonderful. The added tang of the Valencia oranges really gave it something special.

Zesty Orange Shortbread with some orange zest for decoration – I need one now with my cup of tea


Adding fresh Valencia orange juice and zest to shortbread was a great idea, it was very tasty. I would definitely make this again. For the next batch, I want to make it even more orangy and also add dark chocolate to create a jaffa shortbread.

The star shaped Zesty Orange Shortbread looking very yummy. I want one right now!


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