Traditional Scottish Pure Butter Shortbread Cookies - Biscuits

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by BecR2400

Scotland's favorite tea-time or Christmas Holiday cookie! The very best fresh dairy butter is a requirement in these cookies, for flavor. Make them into squares or "Petticoat Tails", or any shape you wish. Great for gift giving. Our family favorite recipe, adapted from "Having Tea".

Top Review by pdpdl2000

For the ratio ONE part Sugar. TWO parts Butter. And THREE parts Flour: I believe the amount of flour should in fact be 3 1/2 Cups.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F degrees.
  2. Blend the confectioner's sugar into the butter, and then gradually add the flour, 1 cup at a time. Dough will be very thick. At this point, you may add crushed lavender flowers or rosemary, if you wish.
  3. Place dough on floured surface, pat down, and roll out into a square or circle 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares or Petticoat Tail wedges, and carefully place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Prick the top of each square or wedge with a fork.
  5. Bake at 325F degrees for 25 to 30 minutes; cookies should be pale on top, but golden brown on the bottom.
  6. Remove from oven, sprinkle with sugar if you wish, and cool on wire racks.
  7. Store in an airtight container.

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