The Simplest Scottish Shortbread

    1 hour 10 minutes

    This is an authentic shortbread biscuits recipes from my Scottish mother. It makes bars, not biscuits.

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    Serves: 36 

    • 450g unsalted butter
    • 5 cups (625g) plain flour
    • 1 cup (200g) white sugar

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Cream butter and sugar with mixer. Add flour and mix with a wooden spoon. Use hands to thoroughly mix.
    3. Press into a Swiss roll pan. Prick to bottom all over with a fork being sure the fork hits the bottom and the pricks are close together.
    4. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 150 and continue to bake for 40 minutes more. Wait 2 minutes then cut into finger size bars. Cool thoroughly in pan.

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    Great recipe - much like my grandmothers. I reduced the flour by 1 cup and added 1/2 tsp vanilla. Turned out less crumbly - just perfect!!  -  24 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is it!! I LOVE this recipe. Easy and delicious. I've been buying shortbread cookies (bar style) from a cottage industry for years just because I didn't have the recipe. This is it exactly. I had to decrease the baking time by 5 minutes, and wondered about pan size. 10" x 15" is perfect. Thanks so much!!!!  -  09 Jan 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    My husband's golf shop had a Christmas Open House. Our theme was "Scottish". We had a bagpiper who is currently the world after winning a competition in Scotland. I made this shortbread and he said it was the best he had ever eaten! He took a plate of it home with him. There was also a couple from England. They agreed it was the best they had ever eaten. Easy to make and it got rave reviews from our guests.  -  18 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)