Scottish Shortbread Cookies

"This is a great recipe for light and flaky cookies! My family loves them. I like to have one with a cup of coffee...."
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Ready In:
4 dozen




  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Cream butter and brown sugar. Add 3 to 3 3/4 cups flour. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle board with the remaining flour. Knead for 5 minutes, adding enough flour to make a soft dough.
  • Roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut-out with cookie cutter. Prick with fork and place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

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  1. How did I forget to rate this after all this time! One word - YUM! No eggs (good for me) and easy. Thanks for posting!
  2. WOW! Despite the positive reviews, I also didn't expect much from such a simple recipe when I picked it, but figured it was so simple it was worth a shot. I was pleasantly surprised! It took about 3/34 to 4 cups of flour, plus the flour on the kneading board, to get this dough to a consistency that could be cut and transferred to cookie sheets. I used half salted butter and half unsalted butter; next time I will use all salted butter as I did feel the cookies needed that little extra oomph. I will also probably use a little more brown sugar, maybe a 1/4 cup, but that's my personal preference as I would like them just a little sweeter when I serve them at my office Christmas party. However, the amount of sugar in the recipe does produce a very nice shortbread cookie that is perfect with coffee. This recipe gets five stars for being easy and delicious, the best of everything!!!
  3. These cookies are tender & delicious! I love the almost-carmelized flavor that the brown sugar brings. I cut the recipe in half; used salted butter and liked that tiny hint of salt with the sweet. I meant to add a bit of my homemade vanilla-rum extract, but forgot; next time! Thank you so much, Chef Vseward!
  4. Loved these cookies!! My rating is a bit overdue, but I made these as a part of a Christmas Cookie gift package for friends and relatives, and everyone loved them!!
  5. Delicious shortbread, perfect for a college student who only has butter, brown sugar, and flour =) I did find it a bit hard to keep the dough from crumbling when I was cutting the cookies out though. I thought I might have used too much flour since I only made one dozen but maybe not, it tastes great.


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