Classic Scottish Shortbread Cookies

Classic Scottish Shortbread Cookies Recipe: A Delicious Treat for Any Occasion


Shortbread cookies have been a beloved treat for centuries, originating in Scotland in the 16th century. This delicious, buttery cookie has become a staple at tea time, holidays, and special occasions. Scottish shortbread is a simple, three-ingredient recipe that is easy to make, and the results are always delightful.



➤ To Make This Recipe, You Will Need The Following Ingrédients :


  • 2 cups salted butter softened (1 pound)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • Fleur de Sel



➤ To make this delicious recipe :



Set out an electric stand mixer. Add the softened butter and brown sugar. Cream on high until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. (Don’t skimp on the time!)


Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula, then turn the mixer on low. Add the vanilla extract, then slowly add in the flour. Once combined, turn off the mixer as to no over-mix the dough.


Press the dough into a rectangle and wrap well in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour.



When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.


Thoroughly flour a clean work surface. Place the dough in the center of the floured area and roll it out into an even sheet, ½ inch thick.



Use as much flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to the counter or rolling pin.


Use a large chef’s knife (or pizza cutter) to cut the shortbread dough into 2 ½ X 1 inch pieces.


Carefully move the pieces to the baking sheets, spreading them 1 ½ inches apart.



Use a fork to poke holes over the surface of each cookie. This helps release steam so the cookies hold their shape better.


Bake for 20-22 minutes, until golden around the edges. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with Fleur de Sel while they are still warm.


Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets before moving.



➤ Notes and Tips:


  1. Be sure to use unsalted butter, as salted butter will alter the taste of the cookies.
  2. Softened butter is key to making the dough easy to work with.
  3. Handle the dough as little as possible to avoid tough cookies.
  4. Pricking the cookies with a fork helps the cookies to bake evenly and prevents them from puffing up in the oven.
  5. These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.



➤ Nutrition Information:


One serving of Scottish shortbread cookies (1 cookie) contains approximately:


Calories: 110

Total Fat: 7g

Saturated Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 5mg

Total Carbohydrates: 11g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Sugars: 4g

Protein: 1g


Shortbread cookies are a classic, delicious treat that are easy to make and perfect for any occasion. This simple recipe uses just a few ingredients, and the cookies can be shaped into any desired shape or size. Remember to handle the dough as little as possible and to prick the cookies with a fork to ensure even baking. Enjoy these cookies with a cup of tea, or package them up for a thoughtful gift.




That’s it, all you have to do is Enjoy !


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