Boterkoek recipe

Boterkoek recipe aka Traditional Dutch shortbread recipe


Ingredients: flour, butter, caster sugar, vanilla essence, salt and one teaspoon of milk.

Diameter baking tinFlourButterCaster sugar
24 cm 250 g 225 g 150 g
19 cm 185 g 170 g 110 g


Preparation time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 to 30 minutes
Oven temperature 200 C / 400 F / Gas mark 5
  • Pre heat the oven
  • Grease the baking tin
  • Put all ingredients except the milk in a bowl
  • Cut the butter with two knifes into small bits and knead the dough with cold hands into a smooth ball
  • Press the dough in the greased tin
  • Spread the milk over the dough
  • Bake the Boterkoek in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes on 200 C / 400 F / Gas mark 5

Tip: cover the top of the Boterkoek with some tin foil for the first 15 minutes and finish baking for another 10 minutes.

Boterkoek / Dutch shortbread

This recipe for Boterkoek comes from a Dutch cook book which my mom sent to me because I miss eating it while living in Wales. I don't know whether it's a traditional Dutch shortbread recipe, but it's definately a traditional recipe handed from mother to son (i.e. me) in my family :)