Scottish Shortbread Recipe

Scottish Shortbread is a great example of old-fashioned home baking that never goes out of style. It has been a favourite for centuries. The origin of Shortbread goes back to the 12th century. During those days, the leftover dough would dry out and hardens into “biscuit bread”. Scottish Shortbread is a more refined version of that. Today, when cooked well, it is a great example of simply perfect things. It’s easy to make and divinely delicious to eat. However, these buttery, crumbly, and light air treats require basic ingredients that are easily available on hand.


You need 4 ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Butter, salted and softened
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour


Step 1: Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Cream the butter and brown sugar until you get a light-coloured fluffy mixture. Add vanilla extract to it and beat properly. Add slightly less flour than 4 cups to the mixture and mix it well. Knead the dough for 5 minutes and then add the remaining flour to it. It will make the dough soft. Cover it and put it into the refrigerator for about an hour.

Step 3: This step is for you to show your creativity. Use the dough and cut it into shapes you desire. You can either make elongated strips or flat shapes. The choice is yours.

Step 4: Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes. Depending on the size of your cookies, you can bake a little longer. Look for the golden brown colour on the edges of the cookies. Once done, take it out and serve as you please.

Chef Mark Dubois
Chef Mark Dubois

Mark Dubois grew up in a tinny village in the South of France where fresh ingredients, traditional recipes, and fantastic french wines are present in every house and corner. Chef Mark is specialised in Mediterranean Gastronomy, but he is more passionate about baking. Chef Mark is currently working as a hosted Chef in different restaurants around Europe.

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