Traditional Scottish Shortbread

Shortbread is one of the simplest cookies to make and tastes so good.

Here's how to make your own Traditional Scottish Shortbread.

You only need 3 ingredients: 

250 g (9 oz) plain flour
75 g (3 oz) caster sugar 
175 g (6 oz) butter

First heat the oven to 160C, 325F or Gas Mark 3

Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Then kneed the mixture well to form a smooth ball of shortbread dough.

Roll this out into a rough rectangle shape around 1 cm (0.5") thick.
Don't ask me why my rectangle isn't straight on my board...things don't always work out the way you plan! :)

Using a flat knife, cut into small rectangles the size you want your shortbread to be.

Transfer to a greased or lined baking tray and prick with a fork to decorate.

Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes until pale and golden.

Enjoy with a nice cup of tea!

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  1. Thanks for the simple recipe for Scottish short bread, Jill. I shared this with my Facebook friends and pinned it so I can make later!

  2. I love Scottish shortbread, will definitely have to try this one out!

  3. Yum! I can't wait to make this for my Outlander season premiere party :)

    1. Oh that would be perfect! Can I come?? :)

  4. I too love shortbread with tea Jill and I would love to try and make them sometime.
    TFS this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week and have a Happy Easter.

  5. OH my goodness...I love shortbread and this sounds amazing!!

    I would LOVE for you join and share this at my DIY and Recipes FB Group:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  6. Your shortbread looks yummy Jill, I could just eat a few pieces with a cup of tea :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

  7. Hello Jill, We featured this recipe at our Monday Cooking & Crafting with J & J. Thanks and we hope to see you again!
    Julie xo


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