Buttery Scottish Shortbread

"A Delia Smith recipe. Everyone's favourite on campus here.. try it and see for yourself."
photo by Patchwork Dragon photo by Patchwork Dragon
photo by Patchwork Dragon
Ready In:
1hr 15mins
9 shortbreads




  • Pre-heat oven to gas mark 2/300°F/150°C.
  • Prepare a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • First of all, beat the butter in a bowl with a wooden spoon to soften it.
  • Beat in the sugar, followed by the sifted flour and semolina.
  • Work the ingredients together with the spoon, pressing them to the side of the bowl, then finish off with your hands until you have a smooth mixture that doesn't leave any bits in the bowl.
  • Divide the mixture into 9, and shape each portion into a ball (dust the work surface with flour if you find the mixture too sticky to work with).
  • Flatten each one slightly and prick the centre with a fork (but not all the way through).
  • To make it look pretty, make a 1 cm crinkly border on the top by lightly pressing a fork making a slight indent working all the way around (working for the edge towards the centre).
  • Make sure that the biscuits are at least 1/2 inch in thickness (with the indentations at the edges).
  • Place onto the prepared baking sheet, very well spaced out as they will spread out quite a bit during baking.
  • Bake them for 50-60 minutes on the centre shelf of the oven (keep an eye on it after 45 mins - the edges seem to colour more easily than the top) – it should have turned pale gold and feel firm in the centre.
  • Remove from the oven and dust the top with caster sugar.
  • Leave it to cool for 5 minutes on the baking tray before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.

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  1. A & A's Mom,I made this this week and found them very tasty.I did mine as two disc shaped pieces and after removing from the oven marked them in eight wedges,cutiing through as they cooled off. This is what I felt I saw in the photo,some wedges. Will make again,your post appreciated,Don.
  2. I've been making Delia Smith's recipe for a while now, so it's nice to see it posted here. It's my shortbread of preference! Thanks for posting it.
  3. This recipe is very similar to the shortbread recipe passed down from my scottish great grandma, the addition being the semolina and it gave it a slightly different taste which was enjoyed by the DH. Thank you Aaliyah&Aaron's mum for a delightful recipe. Made for Please Review My Recipe tag game.


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