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October 19, 2009

Shortbread Shells

Filed under: Biscuits & Slices — SeaDragon @ 12:00 am
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Bought this shell-shape mould recently. It is supposed to be used for making jellies or ice-cubes, but when I first saw it in the shop, I had a totally different idea in mind.



Somehow I was thinking of Kuih Bangkit when I saw it. I would have bought a few more moulds if not for the fact it was the last one on the shelf! Oh well, one is better than nothing.
So last weekend I decided to try it for making the traditional shortbread. It was quite a fiddly process at first as the dough kept sticking inside the holes of the mould and difficult to knock out. Finally an idea hit me. Shortbread dough is usually dusted with sugar before baking, so I decided to dust one side of the dough with caster sugar before fitting it into the holes of the mould. Luckily this seemed to work and the sugar coating turned out looking like sand on the shells after baking.

Before baking.

After baking.


  1. they are beautiful. i won’t know how to get them out of the molds if i were to try this! thanks for sharing yr tips!

    Comment by Ida — October 19, 2009 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

  2. these look so lovely, can’t bear to eat them!!

    Comment by Sarah28 — October 19, 2009 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  3. Wow! They look so good, the shapes remind me of those delicious Guylian Chocolates. Your brilliant ideas are especially enlightening to one-track minded people like me.

    Comment by leonine — October 19, 2009 @ 8:37 pm | Reply

  4. They’re so cute… what a creative idea, SD.

    Comment by Tuty — October 21, 2009 @ 9:01 am | Reply

  5. Wow, you’re very inventive! I make shortbread all the time but never would’ve thought to use icecube moulds.
    They turned out very well, really look like the chocolates!

    Comment by bakingramblings — October 22, 2009 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  6. wow you’re so creative! Is it possible to share your shortbread recipe with me. Thank you.

    Comment by Alice — October 22, 2009 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

  7. Thanks, everyone 🙂

    Basic shortbread recipe is very simple and easy to remember, just 3 parts flour, 2 parts butter and 1 part sugar (by weight), cream butter and sugar, then mix in flour. Bake 150 to 160C for about 30 minutes. I’ll put up a proper recipe for this batch if you want.

    Comment by SeaDragon — October 24, 2009 @ 8:17 am | Reply

  8. Thank you will give it a try after buying my trays.

    Comment by Alice — October 26, 2009 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

  9. Cool idea SD! Good for a picnic theme too. Now must open my eyes for such mould in Singapore. hehee

    Comment by Edith — October 26, 2009 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, picnic theme, didn’t think of that.

      Comment by SeaDragon — October 31, 2009 @ 7:18 am | Reply

  10. Can i know where you buy the shell shape mould?

    Comment by Max — November 16, 2009 @ 1:02 am | Reply

    • As I said in the post, it was the last one in the shop. I got it from one of the Vietnamese variety shops in Footscray.

      Comment by SeaDragon — December 5, 2009 @ 10:11 am | Reply

  11. Beautiful lah. Might try doing this myself too. Have to find whether they have the same mould here in Perth.

    Comment by flower — December 14, 2009 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

    • Good luck with finding the mould. Try the Asian variety shops, especially the Vietnamese ones. I have gone back to the shop where I found the mould, but they have not re-stocked any more of these moulds, what a shame.

      Comment by SeaDragon — December 26, 2009 @ 8:31 am | Reply

  12. Wow! Really pretty mould and such a beautiful end product!
    As said before, they look like the Guylian Seashell Chocs you get! Delicious!

    I like the idea of using different moulds to make shortbread – will have to experiment now!

    Comment by PlumLeaf — December 26, 2009 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

    • Thanks 🙂 Good luck with your experimentation.

      Comment by SeaDragon — December 30, 2009 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  13. hi,,sis,,loves these lovely shell,,would appreciates if u could put up the recipes,,,or email me if u OK,,lots of thanks,,,paige

    Comment by paige — December 30, 2009 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

    • Er, hello, I’m a bro, not a sis… For the recipe see reply #7 above.

      Comment by SeaDragon — January 1, 2010 @ 8:02 am | Reply

  14. looks cute! can i have the recipe too? thanks 🙂

    Comment by ying — July 13, 2010 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

    • The shortbread recipe I used is just the basic one, see the answer to another comment above.

      Comment by SeaDragon — July 13, 2010 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  15. Looks nice and attractive,you are really creative

    Comment by nancieloo — June 15, 2012 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

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