Scotch Shortbread Cookies Recipe
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Scotch Shortbread Cookies Recipe

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This simple three-ingredient recipe makes wonderfully rich, tender cookies. Serve them with fresh berries of the season for a nice, light dessert. You'll get miles of smiles when you provide these for afternoon tea or at a bridal shower. —Marlene Hellickson Big Bear City, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pound cold butter, cubed

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 244 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 157mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Knead dough until smooth, about 6-10 times. Pat dough into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Pierce with a fork.
  2. Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into squares while warm. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Scotch Shortbread Cookies in Taste of Home April/May 1993, p29

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Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"This is an old family recipe (4th generation) that has been passed down. I make these at Christmas time. A trick is the earlier you make them and freeze them, they get a more buttery flavour."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014

"Love, love, love this recipe!!! Made it as is, didn't change a thing. It's easy, and simply delicious! Whenever I make them, they disappear like magic!"

Reviewed May. 6, 2014

"pretty good needed to bake longer."

Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"I wonder what a little bit of lemon zest would taste like?"

Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"Been making these for years - they are great and everyone loves them. Quite often sprinkle a little sugar over the top before cooking. I also add different extracts for a change. Very easy and they freeze well."

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