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Scottish Shortbread Cookies

This simple three-ingredient shortbread cookie recipe makes wonderfully rich, tender cookies. Serve them with fresh berries of the season for a nice, light dessert. You'll get miles of smiles when friends see these at an afternoon tea or a bridal shower. —Marlene Hellickson, Big Bear City, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pound cold butter, cubed


  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Knead dough until smooth, about 6-10 times. Pat dough into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Pierce with a fork.
  • Bake until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes. Cut into squares while warm. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 244 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 157mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • clyn
    Apr 21, 2020

    This is a GREAT recipe! Easy to make and EVERYONE loves them! The pan size was perfect but I did bake them a little longer....but be careful not to get them too brown! I did use parchment paper so I could lift them out to cut and cool. A real hit!!

  • suefalk
    Jan 19, 2020

    Delicious! A traditional shortbread - tender and buttery. I made two batches of this. The first batch I left plain. The other batch I spread melted caramel on top, then drizzled melted chocolate. Easy homemade Twix bars!

  • LynnRosik
    Dec 11, 2019

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  • Martha
    Dec 10, 2019

    Can you use this dough in a cookie press? It sounds exactly like what I want and so simple.

  • Kathleen
    Dec 3, 2019

    You should use castor (extra fine) granulated sugar for short bread.

  • Christopher
    Nov 24, 2019

    Great recipe. One tip. My family has made these every Christmas for as long as I can remember.after done and fairly cool, sprinkle with come colored sugar for some holidat color.

  • Margie
    Oct 26, 2019

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  • 1008oregon
    Sep 17, 2019

    Wow, teresa. Actually, ritapdx is correct - Scotch refers to whisky (this IS correct spelling) and eggs. Everything/everyone else is Scottish. So, unless a recipe contains Scotch, it is Scottish. And BTW, don’t use a .? at the end of a sentence. It makes you seem uneducated.

  • Teresa
    Apr 1, 2019

    ritapdx. Who asked for your opinion on what she calls her recipe.?

  • ritapdx
    Mar 23, 2019

    This is a great recipe! However, "Scotch Shortbread Cookies" should be "Scottish Shortbread Cookies". The word "Scottish" is an adjective meaning something or someone relating to Scotland. "Scotch", in modern usage, is a noun that usually means a type of Whisky. "Scotch" used as an adjective synonymous with "Scottish" is archaic and most Scots these days resent its use in that context.