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.

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.

In fact, January 6 has been labeled as National Shortbread Day, so it’s the perfect time to make shortbread cookies!

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.

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!Scottish shortbread cookie recipe

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 cookie day!


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Basic Scottish Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Basic Scottish Shortbread Cookie Recipe

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 tsp 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. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, adding enough flour to make a soft dough.
  4. 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.
  5. Prick with fork and place on un-greased baking sheets. For a butter cookie shape, just cut with a round cookie cutter.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes.

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  2 comments for “Scottish Shortbread Cookie – Making Shortbread Cookies

  1. Maimuna
    06/22/2019 at 5:58 am

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

    • Carol
      06/22/2019 at 11:07 am

      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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