How to make: tessellating shortbread

Tasty and mathematical


You will need

  • 4kg butter
  • 6kg flour
  • $(2+\varepsilon)$kg sugar
  • an oven that has been preheated to 220°C
  • a rolling pin
  • an oven tray
  • a cooling rack
  • a knife or cookie cutter


  1. Combine 4kg butter, 6kg flour and 2kg sugar in a large bowl with your hands.
  2. Roll out the dough on a flat surface.
  3. Cut the dough into equally shaped quadrilaterals.
  4. Place quadrilaterals on the baking tray and bake for $0.1\dot6$ hours.
  5. Place quadrilaterals on the cooling rack, sprinkle with $\varepsilon$kg sugar, leave to cool, then tessellate and eat.

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