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These 3-ingredient Scottish Shortbread Cookies come from an old family recipe that has been passed down for generations, and they’re perfect for holiday baking! Best of all, there are no eggs, no leavening agents, and no chilling necessary — so they’re ready to enjoy in less than one hour. Rich and buttery, but not too sweet, the simple treats are delicious alongside a mug of hot cocoa or a cup of coffee. Decorate Christmas shortbread cookies with icing and sprinkles for a festive touch!

Dipping the best shortbread cookie recipe in a mug of hot chocolate.

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

While my own family isn’t exactly Scottish, the recipe for these perfect shortbread cookies comes from our Scottish friends — the Stewarts! That means that even though I’m not an authentic Scot, the shortbread cookie recipe is definitely the real deal.

Bill Stewart’s Aunt Violet shared the recipe with his family (and with us), and she received the recipe from her mother. It’s one of those gems that gets passed from generation to generation because it’s so darn good. It’s a classic!

How to Make Scottish Shortbread Cookies | 1-Minute Video

Cookie dough in a stand mixer.

What do shortbread cookies taste like?

While the taste of shortbread cookies sends me straight back to my childhood, I love them just as much as an adult. They’re not too sweet, they’re perfectly buttery, and they’re ideal for a snack or dessert with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.

If you’re not familiar with a traditional shortbread recipe, butter is definitely the prominent flavor. In other words…they’re amazing!

Rolling cookie dough with a wooden rolling pin on a marble board.

Shortbread Cookies versus Sugar Cookies

Shortbread cookies are not the same as sugar cookies. Sugar cookies require many more ingredients than shortbread cookies, and sugar cookies are typically sweeter, with a lighter texture. Shortbread cookies are dense and buttery, making them perfect for dipping! The shortbread dough is also very smooth and easy to work with. It’s not sticky, and it doesn’t even need to be chilled before cutting and baking.

Cutting cookie dough with a round biscuit cutter.

Ingredients for an Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe

This is a quick overview of the simple ingredients that you’ll need for a batch of Scottish shortbread cookies. As always, specific measurements and complete cooking instructions are included in the printable recipe at the bottom of the post.

  • All-purpose flour: the base of the cookie dough.
  • Butter: I prefer salted butter. Make sure that it’s softened at room temperature so that it blends easily with the other ingredients.
  • Powdered sugar (also called confectioners’ sugar): for just the right amount of sweetness.

That’s right — you don’t need eggs, baking soda, baking powder, or any other ingredients to make the best shortbread cookies!

Fork piercing shortbread.

How to Make Shortbread Cookies

With such a simple ingredient list, you can have hot-from-the-oven shortbread cookies in less than 1 hour! There’s no need to chill the dough, and you can get creative with the cookie cutters to create any shape that you desire.

  1. Use the paddle attachment on an electric stand mixer to combine the softened butter, flour, and powdered sugar until a ball of soft dough forms. The flour mixture will look dry and crumbly at first, but just let the mixer keep running and eventually everything will come together in the most perfect dough. It’s like magic!
  2. Roll dough to about ¼-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  3. Cut into desired shapes, and then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Pierce the dough with the tines of a fork.
  5. Bake in a 325°F oven for about 20 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are just lightly browned.
  6. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!
Shortbread cookies in a Christmas cookie tin.

How to Cut Shortbread Cookies

Cut Christmas shortbread cookies into holiday shapes with your favorite Christmas cookie cutters. Classic Scottish shortbread, however, is often cut into rectangles or rounds. I typically use a round 2 ½-inch biscuit cutter to make large cookies. I also use a pizza cutter, sharp knife, or pastry cutter to slice the dough into rectangular strips.

How to Decorate

While a classic Scottish shortbread doesn’t typically have icing, the buttery cookie does provide a great base for frosted Christmas cookies! If you (or your kids) prefer shortbread cookies with icing, then I suggest preparing a batch of royal icing and getting creative! There’s no wrong way to do it, so throw on some red and green sprinkles and have fun.

Scottish shortbread cookies stacked on a Santa mug.

Buttery Shortbread Cookies are Perfect for Gifting

A sweet little package of this Scottish shortbread, along with some gourmet hot chocolate mix or a nice new mug and some coffee beans, is the perfect holiday gift for your favorite teacher, neighbor, or co-worker! But you better wrap them up quickly, because the cookies disappear fast!

Square shot of hands gifting a tin of Scottish shortbread.

Storage

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

How to Freeze

Allow the cookies to cool completely. Wrap cooled cookies (a few at a time) tightly with plastic wrap. Then wrap again in foil for an added layer of airtight protection. Stash the foil-wrapped cookies in large plastic freezer bags or storage containers. They will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 2 months.

An easy shortbread cookie recipe served with a mug of cocoa.

Recipe Variations

  • Add finely chopped pecans, almonds, walnuts, or pistachios to the dough.
  • Flavor the dough with vanilla extract, almond extract, or other extracts of your choice.
  • Try lemon shortbread by adding lemon zest or lemon extract to the dough.
  • Turn the dough into chocolate chip shortbread cookies by adding miniature chocolate chips.
  • Dip the shortbread in chocolate after baking, then let the chocolate firm up as it cools.
Side shot of a tin of authentic Scottish shortbread cookies.

Tips for the Best Shortbread Cookie Recipe

  • Remember to soften the butter at room temperature. Cold butter will not blend easily into the other ingredients, so I like to leave the butter on my counter overnight before I plan to make the dough the next day.
  • Use salted butter for the best flavor. If you only have unsalted butter in your kitchen, you’ll want to add a pinch of salt to the dough to balance the sweetness and give the cookies a more complex flavor.
  • Keep mixing! The dough will look dry and crumbly at first, but let the mixer continue to run and the dough should come together in a nice, soft ball. It will have the texture of Play-Doh, so it’s easy to work with and not too sticky.
  • Pierce the dough with a fork before baking. Poking holes in the top of the shortbread dough allows the heat to evenly penetrate the treats, which helps the cookies bake evenly.

So what makes this the best shortbread cookie recipe? It’s love, my friends! The cookies have been loved for generations, and they carry the special memories and the amazing taste with them in every batch!

Christmas shortbread cookies next to a Santa mug.

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Hands serving a tin of scottish shortbread cookies

3-Ingredient Scottish Shortbread Cookies

4.94 from 46 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 138.6 kcal
These 3-Ingredient Scottish Shortbread Cookies come from an old family recipe that has been passed down for generations, and they’re perfect for holiday baking!

Equipment

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats; set aside.
  • In the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour, softened butter, and powdered sugar. Mix on medium speed until completely combined and a soft dough forms. The mixture will look dry and crumbly at first, but let the mixer keep running for a few minutes and the dough will eventually form into a soft ball.
  • Roll out dough on a lightly-floured surface (to about ¼-inch thickness, or slightly thicker).
  • Use cookie cutters, biscuit cutters, or a sharp knife to cut out desired shapes. Place shapes on prepared baking sheets. Pierce with a fork.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until just lightly browned.
  • Cool on a wire rack.

Video

Notes

  • Remember to soften the butter at room temperature. Cold butter will not blend easily into the other ingredients, so I like to leave the butter on my counter overnight before I plan to make the dough the next day.
  • Use salted butter for the best flavor. If you only have unsalted butter in your kitchen, you’ll want to add a pinch of salt to the dough to balance the sweetness and give the cookies a more complex flavor.
  • Keep mixing! The dough will look dry and crumbly at first, but let the mixer continue to run and the dough should come together in a nice, soft ball. It will have the texture of Play-Doh, so it’s easy to work with and not too sticky.
  • Pierce the dough with a fork before baking. Poking holes in the top of the shortbread dough allows the heat to evenly penetrate the dessert, which helps the cookies bake evenly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 138.6kcalCarbohydrates: 12.5gProtein: 1.4gFat: 9.3gSaturated Fat: 5.8gCholesterol: 24.8mgSodium: 65.6mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 3g
Keyword: Christmas cookies, Christmas shortbread cookies, Scottish shortbread cookies, shortbread cookies
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: European
Author: Blair Lonergan

This recipe was originally published in December, 2017. The photos were updated in  November, 2021.

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  1. Jean Credell says:

    5 stars
    Great job, Spence! you make it loot SO simple and they\ cookies look real delicious; I plan to make a batch for my grandchildren this Christmas Season. Thanks for sharing, Spence and Merry Christmas to you all!

    1. Blair says:

      Hah! Thanks, Jean! I hope that your grandchildren enjoy them, too! 🙂

      1. Joy says:

        Could you use oat flour in place of the all purpose flour

        1. Blair says:

          Hi, Joy! Oat flour has a much lower gluten content than regular all purpose flour, so it will not work as an equal substitute. To start, I would try replacing up to 1/4 cup of the wheat flour with oat flour and see how that works. Otherwise, you will have to make other adjustments to the recipe (which I haven’t experimented with) in order for the cookies to work with exclusively oat flour. 🙂

      2. Lorraine says:

        Just finishing cooling my first batch from your recipe. It’s a keeper, very buttery I didn’t cut out, but instead made logs & chilled & sliced. Baked 20 min & got 32. Filled with black raspberry jam & got 16 sandwich cookies.

        1. Leigh says:

          I was thinking the same!

        2. Blair says:

          Sounds delicious, Lorraine!!! Love the idea of adding the raspberry jam.

          1. Lorraine says:

            We buy 8 grams sugar black raspberry jam at our local Mennonite shop. Hated raspberries when I was little, but love them now. Works excellent with buttery shortbread.

          2. Blair says:

            Sounds amazing!!!

        3. Troy Easton says:

          I followed this recipe to a T and quality excellent but no way I get 20 cookies lucky if I get 9 but so good

      3. Patricia Dysart says:

        2 stars
        I hate burst everyone’s bubble butt this recipe does not work. I am a first-time Baker very first cookies I ever made and this with the three ingredients that they have the dough does not come together at all it is just a crumbling mess. I had to add an egg to make it bind all that crumbly mess and the cookies were just so so they were pretty bland

        1. John says:

          Hmmm. Other replies say different, and I use this recipe all the time. It’s my go-to recipe for cookies.

        2. John says:

          I love this basic recipe. It is easy, actually quite forgiving and flexible. I’ve used it for vanilla cookies, or almond (extract), sometimes almond cookies covered in anise-infused powdered sugar – which are amazing with a good cup of black tea (or “Constant Comment” tea).

          1. Blair says:

            Thanks, John! I appreciate that you took the time to leave a note! I agree — perfect companion for a cup of Constant Comment! 🙂

        3. becky says:

          5 stars
          This is a tried and true shortbread recipe. Generally, shortbread cookies are not a beginner’s go-to recipe. If it’s too crumbly, continue to knead until it comes together. It will. So sorry you had a hard time with it….don’t give up!! They’re a lot of fun to make!

          1. Blair says:

            Thank you, Becky!

        4. Kym says:

          5 stars
          I just made the recipe tonight and it worked perfectly. It is crumbly when you mix it, however; if after blending thoroughly, you should be able to use your hands to make it into a dough ball.

          1. Blair says:

            Thanks, Kym! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a note. 🙂

        5. Sophie says:

          When you are just starting out they can be a bit tricky. One reason why they didn’t work out is possibly that your did not start with your butter soft enough. You need the moisture from the butter to dampen the whole. Also, you might want to start by putting in only 3/4 of the flour and then adding the rest bit by bit until it is the right consistency. You might not need all the flour.

        6. Joey Cosentino says:

          Well, since you’re were a first time baker that may be the problem. I turned 40 last November of 2019 and I’ve been baking since I was about 8 years old. My mother taught me. I can tell from just looking at this recipe that it’ll work. I know that from seeing the measurement of the ingredients. Also, sometimes humidity and where you live plays a part in how the recipe will turn out. Is it possible there was too much flour or powdered sugar? Go to youtube and look for tips on how best to measure dry ingredients. Just keep baking and you’ll get better.

        7. Marj says:

          I add vanilla – makes them yummy!

          1. Blair says:

            I’m sure it does! Great tip, thank you!

        8. Shary says:

          Patricia, use your food processor. It will mix your ingredients in a way that your electric mixer can’t do. You’ll get a soft, manageable dough and delicious, sandy, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread–guaranteed. Use 1/2 cup superfine sugar (not confectioner’s). Put that in first, followed by 2 cups flour, and lastly 2 sticks softened, salted butter cut into tablespoon-size cubes. That’s it! You don’t need gimmicks like cornstarch, egg, liquid, etc. Process everything together until the ingredients start clumping together and begin to climb up the side of the processor bowl. The dough should stick together easily. If it’s dry and too crumbly, you didn’t process it long enough. Either form a log and chill for slicing, press it into a baking pan, or roll it out between two sheets of parchment for cutouts, chilling as needed. Whichever you choose, you don’t want to incorporate any more flour into the dough.

        9. Julie says:

          Shortbread has a very different consistency to most cookie consistencies. What I mean it: it’s not like a chocolate chip cookie dough, it should be very crumbly which sounds like the result you got. If it’s *really* not holding together when you try it out next time, I’d add a bit more butter. It should always be the same ration of 1:2:3 which is sugar:butter:flour so you can make more or less with that ratio as needed. I hope this helps. When I first made these I was so sure I was making them wrong but forged ahead and they turned out super yummy.

          1. Lisa says:

            I love that you added the ratio! I’ve always wondered how bakers (especially those kids!) remember how much of what to put in. Now I know the secret! Thank you!

      4. Jess says:

        5 stars
        The classic shortbread cookie recipe! Turned out perfect!

        1. Blair says:

          Yay! Thanks, Jess!

        2. S S says:

          I have been making shortbread cookies for almost 40 years from a cookbook from the 1970s. I use 3 sticks of butter, half cup sugar and 3 and 3/4 c flour. I put the butter and sugar in a big bowl and go to work with electric mixer than put in the flour 2 cups first and then the rest, mixing a bunch in between. I don’t want to have to use a spoon or other utensil to mix by hand and have more stuff to wash after. I mix until it is a crumb type mixture. Can always add more softened couple tablespoons of butter if it is too crummy. I make a ball of some of it and then form into a log. The log has to be rolled, almost like making a burrito so it does not separate. I slice with a knife about almost 1/2 inch slices. Probably about 1 and half wide circles. I can get about 30 on a sheet, don’t use any paper to line, as the butter makes them good to bake without. I press sugar on top like a sugar cookie. Put in 350 degree oven for about 18 minutes, I have never pricked them with a fork but will try that next time. They come out perfect. I like the sugar on top because that way they aren’t so chalky or dryish when eating. Everyone loves them and they make a great gift, plus they are so cheap to do with the 3 ingredients. I have never tried them with powdered sugar. I already had the sugar and flour and just had to buy 2 packages of butter 2 for $4. So much better than having to buy chocolate chips and other staples to put in other cookies that make it more expensive. Plus these always come out predictable rather than other cookies recipes. Made four 32 ounce yogart containers I used for containers to put my cookies in to give away with a couple bows on top! Could easily have made twice as many gifts by just putting them in some baggies.

    2. Richard Kinsey says:

      5 stars
      I’m not much of a sweet eater, but I remember my mom buying shortbread cookies around Christmas time as a child. (The only cookies she didn’t bake). I made a batch for Christmas and got that old familiar taste! They were wonderful – and so easy to make! My family came from England, with some coming from near the English-Scottish border (Northshields on Tyne) and I am always looking for recipes from the Old Country. Thanks so much for the recipe!

      1. Blair says:

        That’s such a compliment, Richard. The best recipes (in my opinion) are those that garner good memories. I’m so happy to know that these offered a little taste of your mom!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    These cookies look delicious and I love how big they turn out! Definitely a fun cookie for the kiddos to help with. And I’m also loving that they’re just three ingredients…so perfect for the holidays! I would love one (or three) to go along with my coffee right now! 🙂

    1. Blair says:

      Thank you, Gayle! They’re so big, thick and buttery! So satisfying! 🙂

  3. Agness of Run Agness Run says:

    This is a perfect treat recipe, Blair. Excellent combination of ingredients which I can easily have with a cup of tea. Can I use brown sugar for this recipe?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Agness! I don’t think that the brown sugar would be an equal substitute for powdered sugar. The texture of the cookies would definitely be different, but I haven’t tested it myself to see if the final result would set in the oven or not.

    2. Heather-Anne says:

      I have used brown sugar everytime I have have baked them. They are great.

      1. Jane says:

        Thanks so much for such an easy recipe for wonderful shortbread. I live in NZ and will pass this recipe on that’s for sure. So easy and I can’t wait to try them with brown sugar that sounds very yum. Once again many thanks. Have you any more easy baking recipes like this one. That would be great if you have. Once again many thanks.

        1. Blair says:

          Hi, Jane! I’m so glad that you love the shortbread! Yes, I have many quick and easy baking recipes on my blog. Feel free to visit the Recipe Index tab and search through the desserts section or the muffins, bread, etc. sections. You’ll find lots of other options. Enjoy!

    3. Charlotte says:

      Technically you could. But they would have a different texture and flavour…like “shortnin bread”. The brown sugar adds a caramel/butterscotchy flavour. Still really good, but not the same as shortbread.

  4. Kristy from Southern In Law says:

    Short team cookies are always a favourite of ours as they’re so easy to make and so delicious! These look perfect!

    1. Blair says:

      Yes — they’re definitely a favorite around here, too! 🙂

  5. Charlotte from AZ says:

    Definitely going to make these in the next couple of days. They sound sooooo easy and also sooooo good.
    Thank you so much for sharing! …and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Charlotte! That’s wonderful! I hope that you enjoy them! Merry Christmas. 🙂

  6. Ed says:

    I lost my Grandmother’s recipe years ago( Katrina). This looks so close to her recipe, but she used granulated sugar and called them ” sand tarts”….making yours tonight for my daughter’s school… can’t wait!!!!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s great, Ed! I’m so glad that this recipe might remind you of your grandmother’s. Hope everyone enjoys the cookies!

    2. William Wallace says:

      5 stars
      My Pennsylvania Dutch Mother In Law also called them “sand tarts”. She also rolled them paper thin, cut into Christmas shapes, and decorated them with colored sugar. I have a Scottish name, so I will make the rectangles.

      1. Blair says:

        That’s great! Thanks, William!

      2. Marj says:

        Call them Freeeeeeeedoooooommmmmmm cookies. : )

    3. Marj says:

      If you put granulated sugar into a little grinder/processor, like a coffee grinder, and add a little corn starch, you make confectioners sugar (which also makes a great frosting when you add butter, vanilla, and milk or cream).

  7. Evelyn says:

    5 stars
    Could I use this recipe for a shortbread pie crust for a fruit tart?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Evelyn! I honestly don’t know — I have never tried it that way. I think it would work fine, but I would roll the dough relatively thin for a tart crust and then prick it with a fork so that it doesn’t puff up too much. Just a thought!

  8. Antionette Henry says:

    Great recipe! I added 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    And a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. DELICIOUS!!!!!! 5 Stars

    1. Blair says:

      Great! I’m so glad that you enjoyed them, Antionette! Your additions sound perfect!

  9. Delma Plain says:

    Can you use terracotta cookie stamps when making these?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Delma! I think that the stamps would work well with this dough, but I’ve never tried them myself. 🙂

  10. Evelyn says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been trying several scone recipes lately and now I’m moving on to cookies. This is by far the easiest cookie recipe with minimal ingredients I’ve ever tried. I did use 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. The cookies turned out amazing and are lite and delicate,but full of flavor. I will be using this recipe again for my holiday baking.

    1. Blair says:

      Yay! That’s wonderful to hear! I’m so glad that you love them as much as our family does! 🙂

  11. Adele K. Raines says:

    5 stars
    What is the purpose of pricking the cookies with a fork? I plan on making these for my oldest son. He loves these cookies and will sit and eat the whole pile of them in one sitting. It will be his Christmas present.

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Adele! I’m so glad to hear that your son loves these cookies! 🙂

      Pricking the shortbread with a fork releases air from the dough so that it bakes flat. If you don’t prick the dough then it will puff up in the middle. 🙂

  12. Michael says:

    Hi. This recipe is identical to one my great grandmother made. She too was a Scot who passed it on down to us. However, once the dough is prepared, she (and therefore us too) would gather enough in her hand to form a 1-inch ball, which would do onto the cookie sheet. Once all of the balls were on cookie sheets – spaced sufficiently so that they will not touch once cooked — she took a fork and, using the tines, flattened each ball down to 1/3-inch thick. Once cooked, those ridges would brown a little more and create bits of toasted-carmel-like crunch. At Christmas, before flattening, we would out a piece of dried fruit or a maraschino cherry on top of the ball. They can easily be food-colored and adjusted to lemon, orange or other extractive flavors. Love em. Serve them hot from the oven at parties… Only two batches? No way. They’ll have those gone before the third and fourth batches are done!

    1. Blair says:

      Love that idea! It’s also nice that you don’t have to roll and cut the dough — rolling balls is so much easier! 🙂

  13. Marlene says:

    Just purchased a box of my favorite Walkers Shortbread and decided to find a recipe to bake my own. Your authentic Scottish recipe looks perfect. Think I will add a little vanilla and try the ball method and add a dried cranberry or a pecan to the top for the holidays. Many thanks.

    1. Blair says:

      That sounds perfect, Marlene! Enjoy!!!

      1. Linda Hamilton says:

        Sounds delicious. My heritage is Scottish-English. My grandmother made yummy Shortbread! I’ve never tried but your recipe is win win. Can I spread it out on a parchment lined cookie sheet? If so how thick?

        1. Blair says:

          Hi, Linda! I’ve never tried it that way, but I imagine it would work. Just remember to prick it with a fork so that it doesn’t puff up too much. You’ll still want to roll it out to about the same thickness as cut-out cookies (about 1/4-inch thick or slightly thicker). Enjoy! 🙂

    2. Marj says:

      I love Walkers shortbread cookies too! All the way from Scotland they travel, but only need four ingredients: flour, sugar, butter, salt. Yet the poisoners of Americans put in a huge paragraph of poisons, some to “preserve” the cookies. If the reason really is to “preserve” the cookies, how do Walkers stay so good and fresh?

  14. Anita English says:

    Good morning Blair, I was wondering if you use salted or unsalted butter. Going to give these a try. Thank you.

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Anita! I use salted butter. 🙂 Enjoy the cookies!

  15. Anna says:

    I would like to make these to mail for Christmas. Can i add sprinkles or nonpareils to the dough before baking? Or would the color bleed? Thanks!

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Anna! I haven’t tried it myself, but usually the larger sprinkles work well when stirred into dough like this. I find that the little nonpareils tend to bleed more often. Enjoy!

  16. Cindy says:

    Could I used my spritz cookie press? I figure worst case scenario, I’dd just pull the dough back out of the press and do it as suggested. 🙂

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Cindy! I’m not sure, because I don’t have a spritz cookie press. I’m not familiar enough with that device to know whether or not it would work. Definitely let me know if you give it a try!

      1. Cindy Albin says:

        Thanks will do. In progress now. It’s a vintage press. So far it doesn’t want to release from the press the way spritz dough does. . Playing around with dough temps. But…..the dough tastes wonderful, lol. 🙂 I’ll take it out of the press if it won’t work, and follow your recipe. No worries.A win either way.

        1. Cindy Albin says:

          5 stars
          Success! I ended up pressing them directly onto my sheet pan. It seemed like they didn’t want to grab the parchment paper. Dough temp didn’t need to be adjusted. Just room temp. Worked it together with my hands more to blend it. About 16- 17 min. Voila! Now to bake up the rest of the dough. Once cooled, I’ll dip the tips into colored icing, maybe followed by a little bit of colored sprinkles. Thanks!

          1. Blair says:

            That’s wonderful, Cindy! Thanks so much for coming back to let us know that it worked! Enjoy those delicious cookies. 🙂

  17. enrica says:

    should the dough sit in the fridge before roll it or it’s not necessary?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Enrica! No, it’s not necessary to chill the dough, although you can do so if it’s more convenient. If you do chill the dough, make sure that you allow it to sit on your counter for a few minutes to soften a bit before trying to roll it out. 🙂

      1. enrica says:

        Thanks 😉

  18. hopflower says:

    Traditionally, shortbread is made in rectangles or rounds, but also petticoat tails; or one large round (8 inches), cut into about 8 wedges. They are also made by hand, instead of a mixer; which gives the shortbread that lovely texture and flaky attribute. It should also be pale gold, and never brown.

  19. Janet Kavinoky says:

    5 stars
    This is the only shortbread recipe I’ll ever need! It took me back to my childhood and the shortbread that my grandmother’s friend Sophie Scriffin made each year at Christmas. I was craving her shortbread and decided to give your receipe a try. Pure nostalgia and absolutely delicious.

    I did use one shortcut. Instead of rolling and cutting the dough, I patted the dough into a disposable, nonstick 11×14 parchment-lined foil pan, pricked it with a fork in rows, baked it, and then scored it while it was still warm. I also added 1/2 tsp of double-strength vanilla extract. Next time maybe I’ll try almond extract and rolling/cutting.

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

    1. Blair says:

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that, Janet! It’s definitely a nostalgic treat for me, too. 🙂

  20. mags says:

    5 stars
    Made these today and they turned out perfect! Love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

    1. Blair says:

      That’s great! Thanks, Mags!

  21. Sharon L says:

    If I used unsalted butter how much salt could I add to make it taste as good?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Sharon! I made a note about that in the “recipe notes” section, but I would generally estimate about 1/4 teaspoon of added salt. Hope that helps, and enjoy!

  22. Arnold Rolfe Jr. says:

    5 stars
    Love love love. Childhood returned.
    I remember my dad lining the cookie sheets with brown paper bags instead of parchment. Done and Done. The bag’s seem to give the cookies a little more crunch.

    1. Blair says:

      Wonderful! I’m getting ready to bake a batch this afternoon! I agree — totally a childhood favorite! The paper bag tip is great!

  23. Alyssa says:

    Is the confectioners sugar the same as powdered sugar? If not can I use powdered sugar instead?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Alyssa! Yes, confectioners sugar is the same as powdered sugar. Enjoy the cookies! We just made a batch over the weekend. So good! 🙂

  24. Landy says:

    Hi Blair,

    Does the type of butter matter? I was thinking of using a European butter with a higher fat content. Also, I want to use my Nordic Ware Holiday cookie presses, would I still need to prick holes into the dough? Lastly, I know the recipe calls for icing sugar, but have you ever tried using caster sugar? My Dad makes shortbread cookies with regular, granulated, sugar which made me wonder if using caster sugar since it’s more fine would be ok, too.

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Landy! I’m not familiar with European butter, so I don’t know if it would change the texture/flavor of the cookie or not. I’ve only tested these with regular butter.

      If you don’t prick holes in the dough, the dough will puff up a lot. If you don’t mind that when using your press, then you can skip the holes.

      I’ve never baked with caster sugar, so I can’t speak to that change. 🙂

    2. Karen L Hills says:

      We were recently in Scotland and our B&B host gave me her recipe for the delicious shortbread cookies she had for us daily. She recommended European butter (I used Kerry Gold) and caster sugar (I found Baking Sugar) on Amazon. She had lived in the US for a few years and could never get her shortbread right and when she returned to Scotland, realized it was the different fat content in the butter.

  25. David W. Lee Jr. says:

    I love this recipe. So simple, so delicious! HOWEVER,
    I think perhaps these may just have been shortbread cookies made by your Scottish friends…
    I do not mean any disrespect but I believe the key difference between shortbread and scottish shortbread is in the ingredients and texture. Scottish shortbread often include leaveners or a lower gluten flour (like oat flour/ rice flour) resulting in a texture different to the typical shortbread.
    *which is probably why one of your readers had asked about the oat flour substitution haha.

    1. Elsbeth says:

      My family’s traditional recipe is as above with one exception. 1/2 cup of the flour is replaced by 1/2 cup of rice flour. This gives a softer crumb but the cookies still hold their shape.

  26. JoanieG says:

    Love the recipe and plan to use it later. Brings back memories of my great aunt’s shortbread long ago. Have you ever substituted corn starch for the flour? One of my aunts made that change, but darned if I can find her recipe for it. any thoughts?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Joanie! I hope you’ll give it a try!

      I have never used cornstarch in this recipe (or in any other cookie recipe), so I’m afraid I can’t weigh in on that one. 🙂

  27. CisH says:

    Hi Blair, thanks for the recipe. I’m trying to find the right cookie to reproduce my 70-something neighbor’s memories of his grandmother’s Christmas. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but the dough (and every other shortbread dough I’ve tried) is frustratingly crumbly – won’t stay together when cut into cookies, and falls apart even more when trying to prick with a fork. Would it help to work it more (knead, or beat, or whatever) to activate the gluten? Or perhaps chill the dough after rolling? I chilled it before rolling, but that just seemed to make it harder to flatten. Help!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s so strange — I’ve never had that problem. This dough should be buttery and pretty easy to work with. Is your butter at room temperature before you mix the dough? If my dough is really sticky and warm, I will sometimes chill it before rolling. But you don’t want it too cold, or it will be too hard to roll. Chilling for about 30-60 minutes seems to work best. The only other thing that I can think is that you’re using too much flour? Maybe you’re packing the flour really tight in your measuring cup, which you don’t want to do. You want to kind of fluff up the flour before scooping it, and then gently scoop with your measuring cup. Hope that makes sense! 🙂

      1. Beccabee says:

        Sounds to me like she’s not using REAL BUTTER! But perhaps you’re right, too much flour?

    2. Gen says:

      So I ran into this issue using an electric hand beater – it just means you have to keep going! After a few more minutes, it will all start to incorporate into dough. If you stop while it’s all still powdery, it won’t stick/cut out right. Trust me – keep beating!

  28. ay says:

    i wish you could write metric conversion
    thanks in advance????

  29. Toasteroven_23 says:

    Do you have to poke a hole in the cookies?
    I don’t want to decorate them but I don’t want holes in them. Will anything happen if I don’t poke a hole?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi! Pricking the shortbread with a fork releases air from the dough so that it bakes flat. If you don’t prick the dough then it will puff up in the middle. 🙂

  30. David Stanford says:

    5 stars
    Is it possible to use combo bread flour and cake flour? Thanks

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, David! I honestly have no idea! I’ve never tested the recipe with those flours, so I can’t say how they would turn out. Sorry that I’m not more helpful in that regard. 🙂

  31. James Botelho says:

    I just found out that I’m 48% Scottish. I was looking foe a recipe to celebrate my newfound heritage. I found it. Simple, elegant, delicious, and inexpensive enough to make plenty to share. Thank you. 🙂

    1. Blair says:

      That warms my heart, James! I’m so glad that you’re able to enjoy a little taste of your heritage! 🙂

  32. Shanta says:

    5 stars
    Hi Blair,
    I’m not much of a biscuit person but these are really addictive:). I had to make a small adjustment which I believe is necessary for those trying this recipe out in a warmer climate. I live in the tropics (abt 29 deg C) & because of this, the butter simply wouldn’t hold in the dough- in fact, it was impossible to roll it out. It began coming together only after I increased the flour to 3 cups. The biscuits turned out really good but am going to try again with 2.5 cups this time. I realise this is a Scottish biscuit created in Scottish climate. Will have to adapt accordingly 🙂

    1. Blair says:

      Great tip, Shanta! Thank you!

  33. Joni says:

    Just made these yesterday none of them needed to be poked. None puffed at all.

  34. Sherry Martindale says:

    My dough ball never formed. What did I do wrong?

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Sherry! I’m sorry, but since I wasn’t in the kitchen with you, it’s impossible for me to know what you did wrong. Did you accidentally mis-measure one of the ingredients? Was your butter not at the right temperature? I haven’t had that problem myself, and I don’t know how you prepared the dough, so I’m not sure what went wrong.

  35. Bobbie E. says:

    Now I’m embarrassed. I just re read your shortbread cookie recipe and I did put in too much sugar. In fact u is almost identical to my usual one that I’ve used forever! I apologize!!! I usually read a recipe at least twice, this time I didn’t. Big mistake.

    1. Blair says:

      No worries, Bobbie! I’m glad that you figured out the problem. 🙂

  36. Michele Ko says:

    5 stars
    I baked these for my husband’s birthday and it’s pretty horrifying how delicious these are. I mixed this by hand and used a cookie cutter for the shapes. This is 100% my favorite cookie of all cookies right now. Thank you so much for this recipe! It truly melts in your mouth.

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks so much, Michele! I’m so glad to hear that you love them as much as I do! 🙂

  37. Larry Bundy Mast says:

    Hi Blair. This shortbread recipe is exactly the same as our family one. My maternal side were from Scotland. Simple recipe: 2 parts fine white flour+1 part butter + 1/2 part fine sugar or confectioners sugar. Options include adding a small amount of almond paste, vanilla, or sweet brandy (very small measure just for taste). I often add just a wee bit of finely ground pecan meat and nothing else. Very good with white (with cream) Earl Grey tea.

    1. Blair says:

      That’s awesome, Larry! I’m glad to know that it’s “authentic” as far as you’re concerned, too! 🙂 Simple, yet delicious!

  38. Svend says:

    Can you do this dough in a food processor?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi! I have never tried, so I’m honestly not sure.

  39. Stephanie Hadfield says:

    5 stars
    Hello and greetings from the United States!!! Most of my heritage comes from the Celtic regions so to make these cookies were amazing!!! I made them for an upcoming multi-cultural event and they were a hit!!! And I’m not a at all a baker by any means. So this was really easy!!! Thank you!!!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s wonderful, Stephanie! I’m so glad that you enjoyed them and that the cookies were a hit! 🙂

  40. Rose Park says:

    I made these and my husband says that he tastes the flour. I followed you recipe to the “t”, any clue why the flour is so pronounced. I use all purpose flour.

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Rose! No, I haven’t had that issue and I haven’t heard that complaint from other readers, so I’m not sure what the problem might be. All-purpose flour is what I always use, too. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

  41. Meg says:

    5 stars
    This is as good or better than the Scottish shortbread I buy in the store. It is more moist and tastes so nice and buttery. The kind I buy in the store has a crunchy sugar on the outside of the cookie but I am sure I could dust with coarse sugar before or after baking to get that same effect. I’m about to make them for the second time. I love them with coffee or tea..

    1. Blair says:

      I’m so happy to hear that, Meg! I’m glad that you enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂

  42. Clary Nilsson says:

    Hello, onboars my latest Atlantic cruise with Queen Mary 2, I made friends with scottish shortbreads.
    However, where I am from (Sweden), we meassure butter and other ingrediences in grams.cetrainly not in cups and sticks. Would you please help me to translate 2 ‘sticks of butter Into grams instead? And 2 cups of all purpose flour, show much is the weight there?
    Sorry to ask such silly questions, but not all of the world meassure the ‘English’ way. Thank you in advance.

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Clary! I’m not too familiar with weighing ingredients for baking, but a quick search noted that 1 cup of all purpose flour is equal to 4.25 ounces or 120 grams. So for this recipe, you would need 8.5 oz or 240 grams.

      The recipe calls for 1 cup of butter. According to an online chart, 1 cup of butter is equal to 225 grams.

      Hope that helps, and enjoy the cookies! 🙂

      1. Blair says:

        Thanks!

  43. Pamella says:

    I just got back to the states after a sixteen day tour of Scotland and Ireland. We were treated to high tea of homemade shortbread and tea or coffee. It was very buttery and yummy. They gave us their recipe but I’m not sure what some of the ingredients were. But I am going to try your recipe and see how it compares with what they served us. I’ll let you know if it’s the same. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Blair says:

      Your trip sounds amazing, Pamella! Let me know how you enjoy the cookies! 🙂

  44. Lanike says:

    5 stars
    Wow! Awesome recipe. Very yummy! I added 1/4 tsp of vanilla though. Thanks so much
    Now i don’t to spend all that money buying these for the kids or feel sad when i don’t have extra money to spare to buy them this delight! Thanks again.

    1. Blair says:

      Perfect! Thanks, Lanike!

  45. Allan says:

    Hello.
    These are the real deal. THE best. Thanks for the recipe. Could this dough be used for a tart crust?

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Allan! 🙂 I honestly don’t know — I’ve never tried it as a tart crust. I think it would probably be delicious, but let me know if you give it a try! Oh, and be sure to prick the dough all over with a fork if you do so, because that will prevent the crust from puffing up too much as it bakes.

      1. Allan says:

        Hello. I finally made a lemon lime tart using this shortbread recipe for the crust. Perfect!! I’m so glad I found your website.

        1. Blair says:

          Oh, that’s so good to know, Allan. Thank you!

  46. Lisa Mac says:

    5 stars
    Just like my grandmother used to bake! These are absolutely delicious. FYI if you over bake them a bit then you can dip them in chocolate and let them set! Yum!

  47. Sara says:

    5 stars
    Hi Blair,
    Thanks for your recipe! These were so much fun to make and so easy as well! I added a teaspoon of vanilla & almond extract, as well as some lemon zest and chopped up rosemary. These shortbreads were absolutely beautiful and piercing them with a fork was genius – they were the perfect texture/shape!
    Thanks again, Sara

    1. Blair says:

      Sara, your cookies sound amazing! Love the idea of adding the rosemary — so unique and delicious!

  48. Dianna Schwertley says:

    5 stars
    I have seen recipes that use powdered sugar and some use regular sugar.

    What makes the difference.

    Thanks

    1. Blair says:

      There would be a completely different texture with the granulated sugar. I’ve never tested it that way, so I can’t give you any specifics, but this is our favorite! 🙂

  49. Debra says:

    Hi,
    My family came to Nova Scotia from Scotland in 1752. The shortbread recipe we have is called Scotch cakes. They are made with brown sugar instead of icing sugar. You need to cream the butter and sugar until no grains are felt.
    Here is an authentic recipe if you’re interested.
    1/2 lb butter
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    Cream well . Then add
    2-21/2 cups flou1/2 tsp. salt
    Kneed the dough well.. Pat or roll out to 1 inch thick or so. Cut with square or shaped cookie cutter.
    Bake at 325 for 25 minutes.

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your favorite version, Debra! 🙂

  50. Marty says:

    Been looking for a good shortbread cookie recipe .
    This is perfect, tried it today. Thanks

    1. Blair says:

      That’s awesome, Marty! Thank you!

  51. Ruth Lang says:

    I have my great great grandmother’s recipe card, so even tho I don’t need the recipe, I pull it out just to connect me to her through her handwriting! It is identical to yours. Lately I add a bit of orange extract and dip a corner into chocolate. I also have made them far ahead (not dipped) and stored them in sealed containers for a month before the party, and they have been perfectly good for a couple weeks after.

    1. Blair says:

      That’s wonderful, Ruth! I love my grandmother’s handwritten recipes, too. So special!

  52. Priscilla Liu says:

    5 stars
    This is the best!! Sometimes if I want to make it a little more extra I add some vanilla extract and some orange zest!!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Priscilla!

  53. Jen Steelmon says:

    5 stars
    I seriously dislike any baked good that requires rolling out,and usually avoid those recipes. I was craving shortbread and couldn’t find any locally that weren’t going to require a personal loan to buy a dozen. Enter this recipe!
    I have now made this at least 3x a week, 6 dozen at a time. I take them to work, give them to neighbors, and share them with our vet, doctors, etc. These are SIMPLE and so delicious.. This is my new favorite cookie, and the rolling out of the dough is my new therapy!

    1. Blair says:

      Yay! That makes me so happy to hear, Jen! I love them SO much, too…and I usually hate rolling out baked goods as well. 🙂

    2. GARY says:

      I’m not big on rolling out either but I bought one of these and it works great.

      K BASIX Beech Wood Adjustable Rolling Pin with Multicolored Removable Rings Classic for Baking Dough Pizza Pie and Cookies

  54. Mary says:

    5 stars
    Thank you so much
    I was trying to find my Moms recipe but she has passed and it has been lost. These are just like hers, even taste the same. We come from MacLeods , Ross and Laird families. Lord Selkirk brought them over to PEI. ????❤️
    Thanks again,
    Mary xx

  55. Mary says:

    5 stars
    Thank you very much
    I’ve been looking to find a recipe like my Mom’s shortbread cookies. My Mom has passed and unfortunately I can’t find her recipe. This is just like hers and tastes the same. We come from MacLeods, Ross and Laird families. Lord Selkirk brought them to PEI. ????❤️
    Thank you again
    Mary xx

    1. Blair says:

      I love that, Mary! It makes me so happy to know that these cookies bring back some of your favorite memories of Mom! xoxo

  56. Jennifer says:

    I just took my dough out of the fridge to roll. It was in the fridge since the evening before. It is so hard I cant roll it. Will it soften if I leave it out awhile

    1. Blair says:

      Yes! Just let it sit out at room temp for a little while and it should be perfect. It’s largely butter (which hardens in the fridge), so it will also soften just like a stick of butter. Enjoy! 🙂

  57. GARY says:

    5 stars
    Made these last weekend and was totally awed by them as were the few other people I shared them with several asking for the recipe. I have eaten shortbread cookies from various bakery’s from San Francisco to San Diego and these stood up to the best of them. I did choose to roll them to 3/8th thickness rather than 1/4 in and baked for 25 mins. Next batch I’m going to try some vanilla and cinnamon. Thanks for the recipe.

    Gary

    1. Blair says:

      That’s so good to hear, Gary! Thank you for taking the time to leave a note!

  58. GARY says:

    5 stars
    Use room temp butter only. Don’t take it from the refer and microwave as it will form a wet dough and be hard to roll out even if adding more flour. I added vanilla and will see how it turns out…will advise.

  59. Stephanie says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made these cookies several times and they are always perfect. I make them small and bake for 10 minutes because we don’t like them too crisp. I don’t roll them, I make a log in some cling wrap and chill for 10 minutes before slicing. They’re delicate and delicious! People who say the dough is crumbly, make sure your butter is really soft so you have enough moisture to hold the dough together. Thanks for this recipe!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Stephanie! I love the idea of slicing the log — so easy!!

  60. Pan says:

    5 stars
    Great easy recipe, I subbed the flour with gluten free flour and they turned out great and delicious.

    1. Blair says:

      Great! I’m so glad to know that they even work with the gluten-free flour!

  61. Margo says:

    Love these cookies. First made for a Christmas Cookie exchange- got rave reviews and requests for recipes. The next time I baked then I was preparing to roll out dough when I received a call and had to go- quickly formed a log with the dough and popped into fridge – got to baking next morning- slice and bake. Wow- doesn’t change the quality of the cookie but it was so much easier.

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Margo! That’s awesome that they work just as well as slice-and-bake cookies. Thank you for the tip!

  62. Priscilla says:

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh! I just made these and they’re amazing! It was so easy too. I won’t need to ever buy Walker’s again. I’m in charge of the cookie table at my friend’s 30th birthday party and these will be a welcome addition. Thank you so much for this recipe!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Priscilla! I’m so glad that you love them as much as we do. They will definitely be a hit for your friend’s party. 🙂

  63. joe says:

    5 stars
    can i add lemon juice and zest to these to make lemon shortbread

    1. Blair says:

      Absolutely, Joe! I think that would be delicious. 🙂

  64. Muffet says:

    Hi, Can this recipe be doubled or should I do it in 2 batches? Thanks!

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Muffet! As long as you have a big mixer that can handle a double batch of dough, you can definitely double the recipe. 🙂

  65. Irene says:

    5 stars
    Love shortbread and these are the real deal, so easy to make and so good to eat, l am just about to make another batch they are so good so Thankyou so much for the recipe.

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Irene!

  66. Shanthi says:

    could you use cocoa? What amount?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Shanthi! I imagine you could, but I wouldn’t know exactly how much because I haven’t tested it myself. If you use unsweetened baking cocoa powder, you can just replace some of the flour with the cocoa powder. Again, not sure exactly how much, so you’d have to play around with it and see how dark or chocolatey you like them. 🙂

  67. Lauren says:

    5 stars
    This is my go-to shortbread recipe! I started using it a year and a half ago and it comes out awesome every time. I am unable to eat wheat flour now and I tried this recipe using King Arthur Flour’s 1:1 gluten free all-purpose baking flour, and apart from it being just a smidge more delicate (I’m assuming from the lack of gluten) it turned out really well!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s awesome, Lauren! Thanks for letting me know that it also works with the gluten-free flour. I know that tip will help a lot of other folks, too!

  68. Debbie says:

    Very tasty and I love the texture! However, when i mixed the ingredients I had a bowl full of dry crumbs. I molded together by hand, then rolled. Not sure what I did wrong but I will certainly try again!

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Debbie! I’m glad that you enjoyed the cookies! It sounds like you just didn’t mix the dough for long enough in your mixer? I’m guessing that if you continued mixing the dough would eventually come together. Sounds like you figured that out with your hands! 🙂

      1. Debbie says:

        That could be the case. Will definitely try again.

  69. JSallette says:

    5 stars
    I know that I am late to the party, but this recipe sounds delicious and simple to make. I have been searching all over for an easy to follow recipe… I cant wait to try this one. Thanks for the video link and the recipe. Love your directions and your blog. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Blair says:

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the cookies! 🙂

  70. Betty says:

    5 stars
    Made these short bread cookies – the beat I have made – was wondering if I added flavoring how do you much would I add – and can these cookies be decorated. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Betty! I’m so glad that you enjoyed them! How much flavoring you need will depend on the type of flavoring that you’re using. For instance, I’d start with maybe 1 teaspoon of lemon zest for a lemon flavor, or about 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Something that’s stronger (like almond extract), I’d use sparingly (maybe 1/4 teaspoon). Hope that helps!

  71. David says:

    5 stars
    I made these with unsalted butter and the added 1/4 tsp of salt. For my taste they had a great texture but the I wanted them to be a little sweeter. I’m going to make the rest of the dough tomorrow and make a lemon curd to put on top. I made them in a KitchenAid mixer and the dough seemed like it was too dry to come together, but then all of a sudden it did and was the perfect consistency.

    1. Blair says:

      Sounds great, David! Thank you!

  72. Debbie Hill says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Day, Blair.
    Shortbread cookies were the only Christmas cookies my mother ever made. She would use Christmas cookie cutters. We would use icing
    And decorate about half of them. I continued to make them for my family also.
    My mom’s recipe is almost like yours…
    3 ingredients …but hers says 3/4 cup
    Powdered sugar instead of 1/2 cup.
    A few years ago I saw in a magazine a different take on shortbread cookies and Ive been making them at Christmas.
    Make the dough. Roll it into a rectangle on a cutting board.
    Press multi colored Nonpariells on the top.
    Put into refrigerator to harden it up.
    Using a pizza cutter, cut the rectangle into 1 inch squares.
    Put onto cookie sheet… not touching each other and bake.
    I love the “ one bite” cookie and they are festive with the Nonpariells.
    Many years ago a friend gave me a tin of brown sugar shortbread cookies. They were delicious! Some years I make both the regular and brown sugar shortbread in these 1 inch square cookies.
    You are correct. Shortbread dough is so easy to work with. That is why my mother made only those!! She was not a cookie or pie person. BUT she made lots of delicious cakes and bars and fancy desserts!!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      That’s awesome, Debbie! Such great memories. 🙂 I love the idea of adding the nonpariels, too. So festive!

      Have a wonderful holiday!

  73. Michele says:

    5 stars
    These turned out delicious. The dough was too soft to roll out (perhaps I overmixed??) so I refrigerated it first. The butter flavor shines! Even my boss, who is very picky, thought that they were delicious. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thanks, Michele! Merry Christmas! 🙂 So glad that even your boss approved!

    2. Mariah says:

      Can you make these and freeze for a later date?

      1. Blair Lonergan says:

        Hi, Mariah! Absolutely! Just wrap them tightly and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. 🙂

  74. jackelyn fields says:

    5 stars
    Easy to make tastegreat.

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thank you, Jackelyn!

  75. Fiona Langlois says:

    This recipe sounds great but from my experience, genuine Scottish shortbread, has only flour, unsalted butter (because you just want the butter flavour and white granulated sugar). Freezing & grating the butter, will bind better (I think allowing butter to soften is why the dough was too soft). I’m going to try this recipe, who knows the icing sugar (being more refined), might blend & cook quicker. (In case anyone wants to try this version as well, 5 c. flour, 1 lb. unsalted butter 2 c. white sugar, incorporate & mix butter in well, press into an 8×8, or an 9×9 square pan. Bake at 250* degrees, for 1 hour or until lightly golden. This isn’t meant as an offence to the author/baker, I just thought people might want a different version .(original Scottish shortbread)

  76. Fiona Langlois says:

    I forgot to mention to prick with a fork, 1” apart, also partially cut through (to make easier to cut & prevent crumbling. Best stored in a metal tin.
    I hope I didn’t come across as a know it all (not my intention at all) I think we can all learn from each other. Thanks Blair. God bless you!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thanks for your version, Fiona! I’m sure they will be delicious, too. 🙂

  77. Zenovia says:

    5 stars
    Made these a few times. Quick and easy. Followed one commenter’s suggestion to roll in a log and slice. I refridgetate in a log for at least 1 hour and they slice easy. This time I added some chocolate chips and ut was amazing Chocolate chip shortbread.

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Perfect! Thanks, Zenovia!

  78. Londie says:

    I have been using this cookie recipe for every occasion and love the simplicity of it. The cookies are delicious everytime. I use cookie cutters and decorate. It’s really a fool proof recipe. Thank you soo much for sharing.

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thank you, Londie!

  79. Donna says:

    I only have a hand mixer
    Can I use that instead of a paddle mixer??

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Hi, Donna! I think that will work fine. Just keep in mind that the dough will look really dry and crumbly for awhile. Just keep mixing, and eventually it will come together into a smooth dough. Hope you enjoy!

  80. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe and the dough came together beautifully! I like to add almond extract and dark chocolate chips. Thank you!

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      Those additions sound incredible. We’re so glad you enjoy the recipe, Jessica!

  81. Kevan says:

    5 stars
    Thank you Blair. Your Shortbread cookies look delicious. I can’t wait to try them.

    Sincerely,

    Kevan

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      Thank you, Kevan! We hope you enjoy them.