Traditional All-Butter Scottish Shortbread Recipe

A quick, irresistible, and delicious Scottish Shortbread recipe.

Cuisine: English

Main Ingredient: All purpose flour

Category: Dessert

Difficulty: 4/10

Recipe by Dave Edwards
2019-08-08 20:25 BST
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Traditional All-Butter Scottish Shortbread Recipe

Serves: 12
Oven temp: 325°F / 160°C / Gas Mark 3
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins


225 gramsAll purpose flour
225 gramsUnsalted butter
110 gramsCaster sugar
100 gramsCornflour
pinch Salt


1Preheat the oven to 325 F/160 C.
2In a large bowl cream together the butter, salt, and sugar until light and fluffy and pale in colour. This can take at least 10 minutes. You don't have to do this by hand, you can use an electric mixer if you have one and this will be much quicker.
3In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour and cornstarch and sieve into the bowl of butter and sugar. Mix quickly and thoroughly to bring all the ingredients together but do not over mix as you will risk the danger of making the shortbread warm and thus it will have a poor crumb.
4Tip the mixture onto a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly and quickly to form a loose dough.
5Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper to 1/4-inch/1-cm thick. Prick the surface all over with a fork. Cut into desired shape or rounds using cookie cutters.
6Place the Scottish shortbreads on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until pale brown and crisp. Sprinkle the warm Scottish shortbreads with superfine sugar and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Traditional All-Butter Scottish Shortbread Recipe

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