Scotch Shortbread Bars Recipe

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It was at my bridal shower in 1960 that I first sampled these pretty bars. Now each time I make them, I'm reminded of that happy occasion.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 115 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Spread into an ungreased 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan. Prick several times with a fork. Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Scotch Shortbread Bars in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p86

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