Scottish Shortbread I

"The perfect shortbread."

Traditional Scottish Shortbread Recipe  Perfectly crumbly, irresistibly buttery and wonderfully delicious, Scottish Shortbread has been a year-round favorite treat for centuries!
Shortbread is as basic and simple as a cookie (biscuit) can get.  But it’s also divinely delicious.  And for that reason shortbread has been a favorite throughout the UK for hundreds of years.
The origin of shortbread goes back to somewhere around the 12th century when it was originally made from leftover bread-making dough that was left to dry out and harden into “biscuit bread.”  Over time butter replaced the yeast and biscuit bread evolved into shortbread.  The term “short” refers to the crumbly texture from the large quantity of butter.  Butter was a luxury item and so shortbread was enjoyed only on special occasions and, of course, by the nobles and royals.
Scottish Shortbread I Scottish Shortbread I
Scottish Shortbread I Scottish Shortbread I
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Method for Scottish Shortbread I

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • 2
    In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and the sugar. Slowly add the flour and salt, mixing well. Roll out dough with a rolling pin until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheet and prick with a fork.
  • 3
    Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, or until light brown at the edges.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
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