Air-Fryer Scottish Shortbread

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 min./batch + cooling


4 dozen

Updated: Sep. 20, 2023
Give air-fryer baking a try with this easy cookie recipe. It was my mother's recipe, and she passed it on to me. I make a triple batch of it each year at Christmas, to enjoy and to give as gifts. —Rose Mabee, Selkirk, Manitoba
Air-Fryer Scottish Shortbread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat air fryer to 290°. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add 3-3/4 cups flour; mix well. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead for 5 minutes, adding enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Roll to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut into 3x1-in. strips; prick with a fork. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until cookies are set and lightly browned, 7-9 minutes. Cool in basket 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in an oven.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cookie: 123 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.