Traditional Scottish Pure Butter Shortbread Cookies - Biscuits

"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"."
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Ready In:
16-24 Shortbread Cookies




  • Preheat the oven to 325F degrees.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prick the top of each square or wedge with a fork.
  • Bake at 325F degrees for 25 to 30 minutes; cookies should be pale on top, but golden brown on the bottom.
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle with sugar if you wish, and cool on wire racks.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Questions & Replies

  1. may i ask what a petticoat tail wedge is? i never saw one or heard of one for that matter. thank you.


  1. UGGGGHHH just wasted 1lb of EXPENSIVE butter *8.97 a lb the recipe on this page FAILS to mention the 1 cup of caster furious
  2. 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.


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