Classic Scottish Shortbread

Classic Scottish Shortbread

16 reviews, 4.8 star(s). 85% would make again

Ready in 1 hour

This is the best butter cookie of all. Very simple to do and you'll get many complements.


0.5 cup Butter; at room temp.
0.33 cup Powdered sugar
0.25 teaspoon Vanilla extrac
1 cup Flour; unsifted

Original recipe makes 8 Servings



Pre-heat oven to 325

In work bowl of food processor add butter and sugar. process briefly to cream the butter. Add the vanilla and pulse again. Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time, pulsing to mix. Process to a moderately firm dough.

Spray a shortbread pan (or other flat pan) with non-stick spray. Pat out the dough to a uniform thickness then prick it all over with a fork to break any bubbles.

Bake for about 30 - 35 minutes until lightly browned. Remove and let it cool for about 10 minutes. Place a wooden cutting board on top of the pan and carefully turn the pan and board over. Removing the pan should leave the shortbread on the cutting board. If it sticks try tapping one edge of the pan to release it.

Cut the shortbread into serving sized pieces while it it still warm. Allow cut pieces to cool completely before storing away.

This recipe multiplies nicely by 2 or 3 if you need a larger batch.

Each (1.5 oz) piece contains:

Cals: 178, FatCals: 105, TotFat: 12g

SatFat: 7g, PolyFat: 0g, MonoFat: 3g

Chol: 31mg, Na: 118mg, K: 21mg

TotCarbs: 17g, Fiber: 0g, Sugars: 5g

NetCarbs: 17g, Protein 2g


We make this every Christmas to give as gifts. a fair amount always "disappears" during the process. We write it off as "Quality Control".

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Baked in my jml halgoen oven at 150c for 25min very simple recipe and tastes great.


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clga 2y ago

Classic shortbread is always Scottish!
KittybClaws 3y ago

Something this simple shouldn't be so delicious!
sbtlmary 3y ago

Just took this out of the oven. Smells great! Followed the directions exactly, so easy. When I was pricking it with the fork, the batter was sticking to it. Does that happen to anyone else? pthin, just wondering
LisaMommy 4y ago

Loved this!!! Whole family enjoys regularly on weekend mornings with coffee, jam, etc. A bit new to this site but will keep watching for more of your recipes! Thanks for sharing!
Dove7 4y ago

I love this buttery shortbread. So simple to make. Everyone who has tried them has loved them. Make sure to use salted butter. I have tried this with unsalted butter and with vegetable spread and it is not the same. Although with the unsalted butter I probably could have added pinch of salt. If i try it that way again I will update my review. Thank you for a delicious recipe.
Bronwyn74 5y ago

this is the classic shortbread recipe; simple, easy and oh so rich and good. thrilled to find an authentic rendition of my favorite cookie.
stefenos 5y ago

My cousin mandy made it for my ubcle steve-bobs wedding, it tasted delicious, she sed she used this recipe so i will use it, definately! Avwar uncle steve-bob!
Abeautifullie22 6y ago

I checked back to the original recipe card. This calls for only ONE cup of flour. [I made edits to this recipe.]
promfh 6y ago

Okay People......Which is it? 1 CUP OR 4 CUPS OF FLOUR? I really would like to try this recipe...Thank You for your help..
Judith1948 6y ago

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