Traditional Scottish Shortbread

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe is from a little cookbook I got many years ago in Scotland. The rice flour gives it a perfect crumbly texture.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup flour, sifted
  • 14 cup rice flour
  • 14 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 12 cup butter, softened


  1. Combine flours, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Work in butter until dough has the consistency of pie crust.
  3. Sprinkle board with rice flour.
  4. Turn dough onto board and knead until smooth.
  5. Divide into four portions and shape into small rounds.
  6. Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet (or use a shortbread mold).
  7. Prick with a fork.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, until cakes begin to brown slightly.
  9. Allow to cool in pan.


Most Helpful

Just Wonderful!! These were so easy to make. They are flakey using the rice flour which makes them extra special. I have found the ultimate Scottish Shortbread recipe. Thank you!!

Sue Brock July 01, 2003

Although the recipe made good cookies, the texture was definitely not shortbread. I made several attempts, no luck.

Carol F. March 05, 2016

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