Easy Chipotle Shortbread

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This chipotle shortbread is a traditional Scottish shortbread recipe with a little Mexican twist. You get the smoky fire of chipotle pepper mixed with the tasty butteriness of shortbread. It just works. Not only does chipotle shortbread taste delicious, but it is also one of the simplest biscuit recipes you are likely to come across. No need for chilling or proofing, and all you need is a food processor and an oven.

Easy Chipotle Shortbread
Easy chipotle shortbread

Using a food processor means less air is incorporated into the dough, which prevents spreading when cooking. That keeps the biscuits thick and crumbly. Be sure to handle the dough as little as possible, as you want to keep it as cool as possible. Cook at a high temperature quickly and remove from the oven as soon as you see any browning.

Heat-wise, this recipe is pretty tame, so it can be shared with children. However, if you like to kick it up a notch or two, double or triple the amount of chipotle powder used in the shortbread mixture (to a teaspoon or one and a half teaspoons). If you want to keep the shortbread on the milder side, you can omit the chipotle powder from the final dusting of sugar if desired.

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Easy Chipotle Shortbread

Easy Chipotle Shortbread

Smoky, buttery, and lightly fiery
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 9 servings
Calories 347 kcal


Shortbread Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • 2 cups plain flour

For Dusting:

  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle powder


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Lightly butter a baking tray to prevent the shortbread from sticking.
  • Place all of the biscuit ingredients into a food processor and pulse until they begin to come together.
  • Turn out onto a clean surface.
  • Use a floured rolling pin to make the dough to around ½ inch thickness.
  • Use a cookie cutter or a glass to cut round discs of dough.
  • Place on the baking tray and cook for 8-12 minutes – watching very carefully for browning.
  • As soon as you see any color beginning to develop on the shortbread remove the tray from the oven.
  • While still hot, sprinkle over the extra sugar and chipotle powder (if desired.)
  • Allow to cool completely before eating.


Calories: 347kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 3gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 184mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 696IUCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chipotle Powder
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 30, 2023 to include new content.
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