The feel-good footie drama Ted Lasso couldn’t have come along at a better time: Jason Sudeikis’ happy-go-lucky soccer coach and his fictional team have offered a low-stakes, emotionally soothing respite from the relentless stress of the real world in 2021. But it’s not just the show’s characters and plot that are proving popular to its audience.
Similarly to how fans of the hit Netflix drama Squid Game have become obsessed with making those oh-so-tricky (and oh-so-tasty) Dalgona cookies, viewers of Ted Lasso have fixated on the delicious-looking shortbread biscuits that Ted presents to his colleague Rebecca on the show. Yes, that’s right, I said biscuits, not cookies, because while Ted might be American, these crumbly, buttery treats are quintessentially British, dating as far back as the 12th Century.
After binging the show, culinary vlogger Babish came up with his own incredibly quick and simple take on the Lasso biscuits:
- 225 grams softened, unsalted butter
- 340 grams plain flour
- 100 grams sugar
- 3 grams kosher salt
Babish mixes the butter, sugar and salt into a paste, and then adds and stirs in the flour, first using a spatula and then his bare hands once the mixture becomes crumbly. He greases a baking sheet with more butter, presses out the dough until it is flat, then places it into an oven at 150 degrees Celsius for between an hour and an hour and a half. Once the shortbread has cooled, he measures and cuts it into neat little slices.