Traditional Scottish Shortbread

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


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


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

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  1. 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!!
  2. There is something off about this recipe, there is way too much butter in relation to the flour, the rice flour makes it chewy and when it cooks the oil from the butter separates. Most recipes use half as much butter as flour. I would suggest upping the regular flour to at least 3/4 cup, or just use the old Scottish formula of 2 parts flour, 1 part butter, and 1/2 part sugar plus a pinch of salt.
  3. Although the recipe made good cookies, the texture was definitely not shortbread. I made several attempts, no luck.


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