5 from 3 votes
Classic Scottish Shortbread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
How to make classic rich, silky Scottish shortbread which is traditionally cut into serrated edged circle and rectangular shapes.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Scottish
Servings: 36
Calories: 79 kcal
  • 1 cup of salted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 °F

  2. Making sure that there are no lumps in your brown sugar ( this can lead to lumps in the cookies that don't melt) cream together your butter and brown sugar completely.

  3. Add in the icing sugar and combine until smooth.

  4. Add in the flour slowly, with the mixer on low - this is not whipped shortbread after all- until the dough is completely mixed together.

  5. Roll the dough until it's a 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes as desired. Pierce the top of each with a fork two or three times.

  6. Bake on parchment lined sheets at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned.
  7. Remove and cool on sheets for several minutes, then remove and cool completely on baking racks.
Recipe Notes

If you have unsalted butter, simply add in 1/2 tsp of salt into the flour, then mix in as directed.

Nutritional values will vary depending on the size of the cookies you bake.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Scottish Shortbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 45mg 2%
Potassium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 2g
Vitamin A 3.2%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 1.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.