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Lemon Shortbread Chicks 

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

Lemon Shortbread Chicks 

Easter is nearly here and how better to get into the spirit than with some Easter shortbread? These Lemon Shortbread Chicks are perfect for Easter and are so much fun to make! 

With lemon in both the shortbread and the icing, these are lovely and ‘lemony!’ The shortbread is extra smooth and soft with the use of cornflour, but you can always replace with regular plain flour, with only a slight change in texture.

These are so much fun to make and are definitely worth the time it takes to decorate!

Preparation : 20 minutes

Baking Time : 15 – 20 minutes

Makes : 26 – 28 chicks


– For the Shortbread –

  • 200g Plain Flour 

  • 100g CornFlour 

  • 200g Dairy-Free Butter

  • 80g Caster Sugar

  • 20g Icing Sugar 

  • 1 tsp Lemon Extract

– For the Icing –

  • 75g Aquafaba

  • 500g Icing Sugar

  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Extract

  • A few drops of black, yellow and red/orange food colouring



– For the Shortbread –

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C fan and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. Cream the butter and caster sugar (I use a standing mixer on a high speed with a whisk attachment).

  3. Then add the flour, cornflour, icing sugar and lemon extract, mixing until it forms a dough (you may want to use the heat of your hands to help the butter soften some more). 

  4. When the mixture has formed a dough, roll it out on a floured surface to around 1/4 inch thick. Cut out your circular chick shapes and then place them all on the lined baking tray.

  5. Bake the shortbread for 15 – 20 minutes. 

  6. Once out of the oven, transfer them to a rack and leave to cool before decorating. 

– For the Icing –

  1. With an electric whisk, whisk the aquafaba until it starts to froth.

  2. Add in the icing sugar and lemon extract and continue to whisk until it turns thick and glossy.

  3. Spoon two small amounts of icing into two bowls, colouring one orange, one black and colouring what’s left in the bowl (the majority of the icing) yellow. 

  4. Pipe the surface of the cookies with the yellow icing. Once set, pipe some small wings on the left and right of the chick with more yellow icing.

  5. Then pipe some feet and a beak with the orange icing and some eyes with the black. Repeat with the other biscuits and leave to set, then enjoy! 


• If you make this, please tag me on Instagram @thecharlotteemilyy or use the hashtag #cebakes

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