Scottish Shortbread Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.


4 dozen

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
This simple three-ingredient shortbread cookie 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 friends see these at an afternoon tea or a bridal shower. —Marlene Hellickson, Big Bear City, California
Scottish Shortbread Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


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


  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 until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes. Cut into squares while warm. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

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