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Scottish Shortbread Cookie – Making Shortbread Cookies

No holiday season would be complete without the buttery and crisp taste of a Scottish Shortbread cookie.  

Biting into crunchy shortbread cookies gives you a light as air texture and taste that just can’t be beat.

The cookie is so popular that January 6 has been labeled as National Shortbread Day. Let’s learn how to make shortbread cookies!

This Scottish shortbread cookie recipe is buttery and crispy and super easy to make at home. #scottishshortbreadcookie #shortbreadcookies

My husband is from England and every Christmas, I find him a box of Walker’s Shortbread cookies. 

During the year, when these cookies are harder to find, I make shortbread  cookies myself with this basic Scottish shortbread cookie recipe.

I love making cookies this time of the year for cookie swaps.

Another great Christmas cookie recipe is the one for lemon snowball cookies. They have the same melt in your mouth texture as these shortbread cookies do.

Tea time with this Basic Scottish Shortbread cookie Recipe.

The recipe is a cinch to make, and has only four ingredients: butter,  brown sugar, all-purpose flour and pure vanilla extract.  And they taste just as good (even  better?) than the store bought cookies at a fraction of the price.

Speaking of brown sugar – have you ever started a recipe only to discover that your brown sugar has hardened? No problem! These 6 easy tips for softening brown sugar are sure to help.

Basic shortbread cookies

The cookies are light and flakey, just like a normal shortbread and so very easy to prepare.  This shortbread recipe gives me a chance to treat my husband (any myself!) all through the year! 

Grab a cup of tea.  It’s tea time accompanied by shortbread cookies!Shortbread cookies on a black plate

Home made shortbread cookies are so much tastier than store bought ones.  The just made freshness and buttery crisp taste is a keeper for sure. 

Once you see how easy it is to make a Scottish shortbread cookie, you’ll find that you have them in the cookie jar all through the year, and not just on National shortbread cookie day!

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Basic Scottish Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Shortbread cookies on a black plate

No holiday season would be complete without the buttery and crisp taste of a Scottish Shortbread cookie. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 cups butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
  2. Cream the butter and brown sugar until well mixed. Add 3 to 3 3/4 cups flour. Mix well.
  3. Sprinkle a cutting board with the remaining flour.
  4. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, adding enough flour to make a soft dough.
  5. Roll the dough to a 1/2 inch thickness. If you want the cookie to resemble the traditional Scottish Shortbread cookie, cut the dough into 3 x 1 inch strips.
  6. Prick with fork and place on un-greased baking sheets.
  7. For a butter cookie shape, cut with a round cookie cutter.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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Saturday 22nd of June 2019

2 cups of butter is how many grams of it. 500grms or 250 grams. can we add margarine instead of butter. Thanks.


Saturday 22nd of June 2019

2 cups of butter is 454 grams. The butter gives the shortbread cookies their flavor and texture. I would not substitute margarine.

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