Classic Scottish Shortbread Recipe

Classic Scottish Shortbread












This Scottish Short Bread Recipe was a 2013 award winner at the Sarasota Highland Games.  It’s a very traditional and simple recipe that can be added to or embellished any way you want.

Set oven to 325° with rack in the center

Scottish shortbread recipe ingredients, this recipe is a simple formula of 1-2-3:

  1. ½ cup of granulated sugar
  2.  1 cup = 2 sticks = ½# of Butter
  3. 1½  cups of all purpose flour

You can make larger batches just multiply the ingredients equally.
001Put the sugar and the butter into a mixer and cream them.  Once creamed begin to slowly add the flour003Add all the flour and continue to mix at medium speed until the batter is well mixed and begins to form a ball.004Depending on how you are going to make the cookies either take batter out of the bowl onto a floured surface roll to about a ¼” thick use a cookie cutter and place on a ungreased sheet pan lightly poked holes into cookies with the tines of a fork.  Cook for about 25 – 30 until edges begin to lightly brown and transfer  to a wire rack and cool completely.006008Or you take a small scoop I use either a #100 (orange) or a # 40 (orchid) and place the balls on an ungreased sheet pan.  Take a floured fork and lightly press down on the cookie ball.  Cook for appox 28 minutes until the edges begin to lightly brown.  Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.009Or you take the batter and press into a shortbread mold, just follow the baking instructions that come with it.

Here’s a few things that will help make baking these cookies a little easier


Zeroll Universal Small EZ Disher Food/Ice Cream Scoop, Orange
KitchenAid KP26M1XPM Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, Pearl Metallic
Brown Bag Scottish Thistles Shortbread Pan
Personalized Scottish Thistle Glass Cookie Jar


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Th’ king o’ biscuits oor hielan shortbread.  A treat a’ year round bit especially at yule.  I give it 5 paws all the time.







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