Easy Scottish Shortbread

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


about 3-1/2 dozen

Updated: Apr. 25, 2022
These traditional butter cookies require only three ingredients. They’re so yummy, you won’t be able to stop at just one! —Peggy Goodrich, Enid, Oklahoma
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  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a small mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Gradually add flour and mix well. (Dough will be crumbly). Shape into a ball.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, press dough to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut out with a floured 1-in. diamond-shaped cookie cutter; place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Prick each cookie with a fork. Reroll scraps if desired. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until firm. Cool for 2 minutes before carefully removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Work with a delicate hand while shaping, cutting and transferring the dough for the best results.
  • These crumbly, buttery cookies will melt in your mouth. They are mildly sweet and taste delicious with a cup of coffee or tea.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cookie: 55 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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