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Hogwarts Shortbread Biscuits

Hogwarts Shortbread Biscuits

Welcome to the July Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month, I chose to bake Hogwarts Shortbread Biscuits.

Ever since reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I’ve wanted to try the shortbread Professor McGonagall shares with Harry. I got some amazing cutters as a gift from my mom so I decided to give these a Hogwarts theme 

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Professor McGonagall invites Harry to have a biscuit while in her office discussing Professor Umbridge. My understanding is that in Europe, a biscuit is what we call a cookie in the USA. Her reference is to a biscuit in a tartan tin, which immediately makes me think of Scottish Shortbread.

Shortbread is a surprisingly simple recipe with delicious results. Given that it only has a few ingredients, I feel you should use high quality ingredients to get the best results. I chose Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter as it is creamy and rich, perfect for standing out in these biscuits (cookies). (I am not affiliated with Kerrygold in any way, I just really love their butter).

Professor McGonagall: “You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?”
Harry: “Yes.”
Professor McGonagall: “Have a biscuit, Potter.”
Harry: “Have – what?”
Professor McGonagall: “Have a biscuit. And sit down.”
— Exchange between Minerva McGonagall and Harry Potter, regarding a letter written by Umbridge[src]

Image property of Williams Sonoma from Pinterest

Hogwarts Shortbread Biscuits Recipe

Shortbread cookies are a type of biscuit tradtionally made from one part sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour. Shortbread cookies were sold at Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour in Diagon Alley.[1]

The details of the cutter didn’t show up as well as I had hoped. The raw cookie dough looked like it did in the Pinterest picture but when cooked it loses a lot of the image. They taste delicious. I will keep fiddling with the recipe to see if I can get that image to show better when cooked. 

Hogwarts Shortbread Biscuits

Hogwarts Shortbread Biscuits

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Hogwarts Shortbread Biscuits inspired by Profession McGonagall in the books. These cookies use cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 20 Tbs. (2 1/2 sticks) softened salted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces


  1. To make the cookies, in the bowl of a food processor, pulse the flour and granulated sugar until blended. Add the butter and process in short pulses, just until the ingredients form a ball. This may take 3-4 minutes.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a ball. Place dough in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough in half and place a piece of parchment over the dough then roll it until about 1/8 inch thick.
  4. Preheat to 325ºF. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Using the Hogwarts House cutters, cut out shapes and place them about 1/2 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Gather the scraps and refrigerate and repeat.
  6. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, until they are no longer shiny, are just ivory colored and feel slightly firm to the touch, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and cool for about 5 minutes. Using a metal spatula, transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough and scraps.


If you use unsalted butter, add 1/2 tsp. salt.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

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Hogwarts Shortbread Biscuits
Hogwarts Shortbread Biscuits

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  1. I can attest to how good and creamy the Kerrygold butter is. Used it for the Alice in Wonderland tea party recently and it was great to work with making finger sandwiches. Found at Whole Foods.

  2. Oh I love those Harry Potter cookie cutters! I hope you can find a way to help the design stay even after cooking; I find that so many cookies puff up and loose their shape while cooking which can be disappointing. Pinned.

  3. These are great! My daughter would love these – she’s headed to Harry Potter World next week!

    1. We just returned from a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood. It was a great trip and we loved Wizarding World. She will have a great time!

  4. These are so adorable! I love Harry Potter! Will pin

  5. mommyhon333 says:

    Ditto on Debbee’s review of Kerrygold butter. Your cookies look melt-in-the-mouth scrumptious. Maybe with a cup of coffee? Mmmm.

  6. I know these would be a hit in my house, they look awesome, I bet they taste awesome too!!

  7. What a neat idea!! My son would love these to bits!

  8. LydiaF1963 says:

    The cookie presses are amazing! And the short breads look like they turned out perfectly cooked, if a little poofy.

  9. The recipe sounds so good. And the cookie cutters are cute. I know some Harry Potter fans who would love these cookies.

  10. I agree, Kerry Gold butter is delicious – real butter is always best for baking! Shortbread cookies are wonderfully delicious – I can almost taste them now. I have some Star Wars cookie cutters that would be perfect for this. Pinning!

  11. halfpintpartydesign says:

    Agreed on the Irish butter – it’s so much better. These are darling. The Harry Potter fans in my house would love them!

  12. So cool! I know lots of Harry Potter fans that would love these! Great recipe!

  13. Shortbread cookies are yummy. what a great idea for a harry potter fan.

  14. Oooo, I want these cutter so badly! I’ll have to put them on to my Christmas list this year!

  15. I love shortbread cookies! Haven’t made them in ages and now I’m craving some. Pinned.

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