Scottish Brown Sugar Shortbread

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

A melt-in-your mouth, first prize winning recipe from a Scottish Mother, and published in Taste of Home magazine. This shortbread also won a red ribbon at a fair. Easy to make with only three ingredients; butter, brown sugar and flour. I use a plastic quilt ruler, that I keep just for baking, to measure out the dough strips. Instead of the ruler, you could make a pattern from wax paper or a plastic lid to get all your cookies a nice even size. Makes a wonderful gift for any occasion.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar.
  2. Add 3-3/4 cups flour; mix well.
  3. Sprinkle a board with some of the remaining flour.
  4. Place butter/sugar/flour mixture on the floured board. Knead for 5 minutes, adding enough of the remaining flour to make a soft, non-sticky dough.
  5. Roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into three-inch by one-inch strips.
  6. Place strips one inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Use a fork on a slight angle and prick each strip six times.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.


Most Helpful

This was very much enjoyed, I worked it out to 60 servings (biscuits/cookies) to make the sugar content under 5g (came out about 3g) which meant DM and myself could have a little indulgence with our cuppa. In making them this size (about 1 x 2 inches) they took 12 minutes to cook in a fan forced oven. Thank you foodtvfan for a different shortbread recipe. Made for Please Review My Recipe Tag Game.

I'mPat June 22, 2007

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