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Easy Scottish Shortbread

These traditional butter cookies require only three ingredients. They’re so yummy, you won’t be able to stop at just one! —Peggy Goodrich, Enid, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen


  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a small mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Gradually add flour and mix well. (Dough will be crumbly). Shape into a ball.
  • On a lightly floured surface, press dough to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut out with a floured 1-in. diamond-shaped cookie cutter; place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Prick each cookie with a fork. Reroll scraps if desired. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until firm. Cool for 2 minutes before carefully removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Work with a delicate hand while shaping, cutting and transferring the dough for the best results.
  • These crumbly, buttery cookies will melt in your mouth. They are mildly sweet and taste delicious with a cup of coffee or tea.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 55 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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    • Chris
      Feb 20, 2021

      These are amazing! Tried it with white sugar and brown. Both are lovely. Easy to make too. Hubby loves to dunk these in his coffee! This recipe is a definite keeper!