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Holiday Shortbread Cookies

This special Christmas treat came to me from Scotland through a relative. I compared this recipe with one a friend makes, since her husband is of Scottish descent, and found this shortbread to be quite authentic. —Erma Hiltpold, Kerrville, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cold butter, cubed


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Pat into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Prick all over with a fork.
  • Bake at 325° for 35 minutes or until center is set. Cool for 10-15 minutes. Cut into small squares. Continue to cool to room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 105 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Venky
    Jun 4, 2018

    good one

  • Venky
    Jun 4, 2018

    good one and very tasty

  • cbrver
    Dec 21, 2014

    for perfect scottish texture substitute 1/2 cup of rice flour for 1/2 cup of the regular flour.without the rice flour the shortbread is too dense and heavy . be sure and sprinkle with light dusting of table sugar. do not overwork the mixture. before baking mark the dough to make it easier to cut into cookies.

  • ebonique
    Jan 21, 2014

    My Irish and Scottish friends were amazed at how they were just right. Not too hard and not too soft .Absolutely authentic!

  • Cathryn545
    Dec 23, 2012

    I add white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Delish!!!

  • Kensmoma
    Dec 16, 2012

    My 10 year old made these as a gift for a friend. Drizzled a little melted chocolate on the top. They were very good!

  • M Lewallen
    Dec 23, 2009

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  • jewela
    Oct 30, 2006

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