Shortbread Recipe

Recipe for True Scottish Shortbread
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3 cups sifted flour (all-purpose flour)
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 pound butter, medium soft
6 tablespoons sugar (castor or superfine)
pinch of salt if using unsalted butter


Set oven to 400°F. Cover a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper. Sift the flours together and add salt if you’re using unsalted butter. Ideally, sift the dry ingredients a couple times. Cream the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon. Add the sifted ingredients and mix by hand until you have a soft dough. Be careful not to knead and overhandle or the shortbread won’t have as delicate a taste.

Shape into medium-thick, round cakes the size of a saucer, place on cookie sheets, prick with a fork, and flute the edges.

Or, press into a large circle about 8 to 10 inches across and about ¾ inch thick. Mark out 16 ‘slices’ with a knife (just don’t cut all the way through) and put this on the cookie sheets. Or you can use any round cake pan. Prick dough with a fork and flute the edges with your thumb and forefinger.

Or, instead of a large circle, you can press the dough into squares and smaller circles the size of a saucer.

Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an air-tight cookie tin or container.

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Scottish Shortbread

Rice flour? Wondering if Rice flour is an ingredient in "true" Scottish Shortbread?

Scottish Shortbread

I make a similar recipe and use the food processor. It’s sandy but then I pat it on the cookie pan. Make a double recipe one at a time.

scottish shortbread

May not be Scottish but I add 1 T ground cardamom for amazing flavor.

I make, "Scotch Cake's",

I make, "Scotch Cake's", every year, right after Thanksgiving. I don't allow mine to, " brown", at all. Pale in color. The secret to the BEST flavor is to HIDE them in a cool, dark place and let them AGE!! Without the aging you just DON'T have the amazing flavor. Bring them out at Christmas.

Have never seen a shortbread

Have never seen a shortbread recipe baked at 400 degrees as this recipe indicates. Is this correct ??

Yes, Laura, 400 degrees is

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Yes, Laura, 400 degrees is correct. Enjoy!