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Wholemeal Clotted Cream Shortbread

Clotted Cream Shortbread

Biscuits, Christmas | 23rd December 2016 | By

Scrumptious cinnamon flavoured shortbread biscuits made with clotted cream, wholemeal flour and a little chestnut flour. These wholemeal clotted cream shortbread will delight family and friends alike. They make perfect festive gifts too.

Well, Christmas is nearly upon us and this will be my last post now until next year. So I’m leaving you with these delicious Christmas shortbread biscuits.

Wholemeal Clotted Cream Shortbread

I usually make a ton of festive biscuits to gift to friends, family and neighbours, but I’ve been running really short of time this year. I made some gluten free chocolate pistachio biscotti and also some Christmas bliss balls a few days ago and thought that would be it. But Christmas really isn’t quite right without shortbread and I’ve still got nothing for the neighbours.

Luckily, I’ve just managed to squeeze in these wholemeal clotted cream shortbread, which I adapted from the Rodda’s clotted cream shortbread recipe. I made mine with wholemeal flour, a little chestnut flour and flavoured them with cinnamon. If you can’t get hold of chestnut flour, just use more of the regular flour.

Wholemeal Clotted Cream Shortbread with Chestnut Flour and Cinnamon

Gosh, they’re good!. CT’s just come in and demolished several. I had to tell him to stop or there would be none left for the neighbours. The chestnut flavour is a little understated, but it does contribute to the rather lovely texture. Rodda lodda loveliness.

Wholemeal Clotted Cream Shortbread

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Wholemeal Clotted Cream Shortbread – The Recipe

Wholemeal Clotted Cream Shortbread with Chestnut Flour and Cinnamon
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Wholemeal Clotted Cream Shortbread with Chestnut Flour and Cinnamon

Scrumptious cinnamon flavoured shortbread biscuits made with clotted cream, wholemeal flour and a little chestnut flour.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: biscuits, chestnut flour, Christmas, clotted cream, cookies, shortbread, wholemeal flour
Servings: 60 biscuits
Calories: 46kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 125 g salted butter - softened I used Rodda's
  • 80 g clotted cream I used Rodda's
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 275 g golden wholemeal flour or half wholemeal half plain
  • 25 g chesnut flour
  • Icing sugar for sprinkling optional


  • Cream the butter, cream and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the cinnamon.
  • Work in the flours until the mixture is crumbly.
  • Bring it all together with your hands into a ball of dough.
  • Roll out to the thickness of a £1 coin and stamp out whatever shapes you fancy.
  • Bake at 160℃ (320℉, Gas 3) for 10 minutes or until just golden.
  • Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar if desired.


Adapted from Rodda's Clotted Cream Shortbread
If you don't have any chestnut flour, just regular flour instead.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg


I’m sharing these festive stars and trees with Recipes Made Easy for #CookBlogShare.


  1. Dom

    23rd December 2016 at 9:37 am

    Ooooh the chestnut flour sounds brilliant. I think I’ll pick some up today. Love shortbread. So Christmassy. Happy Christmas to you and CT xx

    • Choclette

      29th December 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you Dom. Did you managed to find any chestnut flour? I hope you’re having a fab Christmas 🙂

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    23rd December 2016 at 9:47 am

    Did I miss something here..didn’t see chestnut flour mentioned in the recipes…these cookies look fabulous!

    • Choclette

      24th December 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Oh well spotted Angie. 25g chestnut flour, but can’t correct it as I’m away from home. Hope you have a marvellous Christmas

  3. Lucy

    23rd December 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Your shortbread looks so delicious and they are so pretty – would love to receive some as a gift!

    • Choclette

      29th December 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you Lucy. I think I’m all shortbreaded out right now, but maybe one day 😉

  4. Janice

    23rd December 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I’ve never used chestnut flour nor have I used clotted cream in my shortbread, I can see that I shall have to change that, as these look delicious!

    • Choclette

      29th December 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Oh, indeed you do need to try these Janice. Both make splendid additions. I was told by one friend that her boyfriend snaffled them with great glee and normally he will eat nothing but McVities! I’m not at all sure how to take that.

  5. Henk Kooiman

    24th December 2016 at 5:10 pm

    How much of the chestnut flour do you use Choclette ? The amount isn’t mentioned in the list of ingredients. I suppose it is a nice and special taste, although I have never baked with chestnut flour before. Chestnut flour is very expensive here so I’d probably replace it with buckwheat flour which also gives a nutty taste.
    Have a great Christmas !

  6. Choclette

    24th December 2016 at 8:48 pm

    25g chestnut flour, but can’t correct it as I’m away from home. Hope you have a marvellous Christmas

    • Henk Kooiman

      29th December 2016 at 5:32 pm

      25 gram isn’t much in comparison with the wholemeal flour. Do you think the cookies will crumble too much if you’d use more of the chestnut flour ? From other experiences I’d say it would be safe to go up to at least 30 %. Anyway, room for experimentation here ;)) I appreciate the fact that you use and introduce all these alternative flours. It makes baking even more interesting.

      • Choclette

        29th December 2016 at 6:34 pm

        Yes, I think I’d try 50g of flour next time, but I didn’t want to push my luck first time around 🙂

  7. Stella - The Smoothie Vegetarians

    28th December 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Using the chestnut flour is a great idea! I bet it gives it a unique flavor. I have never used it, but I look forward to trying it.

    • Choclette

      29th December 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks Stella. I only used a small amount of it, but it was noticeable. Next time I will try adding a bit more and see how it goes.

  8. Ceri Jones

    29th December 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I love chestnut flour, its one of my favourite to bake with as the flavour is so interesting and delicious! Loe the idea of using cream as well as butter in a shortbread….

    • Choclette

      3rd January 2017 at 3:50 pm

      It’s a really lovely flour, but I use it sparingly as it’s so very expensive.

  9. munchies and munchkins

    30th December 2016 at 9:57 am

    Oh these sound delicious. I love the flavour of chestnut! YUM.

    • Choclette

      3rd January 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Next time I make these I will add a bit more chestnut flour so the flavour is less subtle.

  10. Kate | The Veg Space

    30th December 2016 at 10:50 am

    These sound so lovely Choclette, love the combination of chestnut flour and clotted cream, perfect for a post-Christmas treat!

    • Choclette

      3rd January 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Kate. I’m a great believer in post Christmas treats 😉

  11. Kavey

    31st December 2016 at 10:08 am

    Bet using clotted cream creates such a lovely flavour and texture!

    • Choclette

      1st January 2017 at 9:14 pm

      It sure does Kavey. I’m not sure why I’ve never tried it before, but this won’t be the last time.

  12. Rosemary

    6th December 2019 at 12:04 pm

    These look delicious – I love shortbread but have never made it with clotted cream. Just thinking about it makes me think about Cornish holidays!!

    • Choclette

      8th December 2019 at 9:37 am

      One of the things I miss about Cornwall is clotted cream. Yes, I can buy it in a supermarket, but it’s just not the same somehow. So I don’t.

  13. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    6th December 2019 at 3:33 pm

    They look delicious, I hope you have a lovely Christmas!

    • Choclette

      8th December 2019 at 9:39 am

      Thank you very much and I hope you do too. Shortbread is bound to help.

  14. Jacqui Bellefontaine

    9th December 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I love shortbread and these sound a delicious variation I should try so pinned for later. Thank you for linking to #CookBlogshare

    • Choclette

      9th December 2019 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks Jacqui. Shortbread is probably my all out favourite biscuit, so I like to have lots of different ways of making it.

  15. Cat | Curly's Cooking

    9th December 2019 at 5:19 pm

    These look so lovely and sound delicious.

    • Choclette

      9th December 2019 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks Cat. Christmas is such a good time for getting creative with biscuits.

  16. Michelle Rolfe

    9th December 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Now these sound tasty Choclette! I bet the chestnut flour really makes a difference and just lifts the flavour in these. I’d love to give them a try. Cheers, Michelle x

    • Choclette

      9th December 2019 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks Michelle. The flavour is fairy subtle, but it does make a difference and gives them a festive feel too.

  17. louise Gunstone

    13th December 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Anything that has clotted cream in it is a winner recipe for me! Thanks for linking them to #CookBlogShare

    • Choclette

      14th December 2019 at 1:36 pm

      I’m completely with you on the clotted cream Louise.


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