Classic Scottish Shortbread Cookies

Classic Shortbread
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Servings: 24 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
117 Calories
8g Fat
11g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 10mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The simplicity of shortbread makes it popular, and the butter flavor is amazing. You also can add vanilla powder for extra flavor. A simple egg wash and sugar topping may be added before baking. Gently brush the egg wash–1 egg white beaten with 1 teaspoon of water—onto the cookies and sprinkle with plain granulated sugar or a decorating sugar.


  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 3 cups flour (all-purpose)

Steps to Make It

  1. Thoroughly cream sugar and butter. Add 2 1/2 cups of the flour and mix thoroughly. Turn out onto a surface floured with remaining 1/2 cup of flour. Knead dough until it cracks on the surface.

  2. Roll out 1/4-inch thick and cut out with cutters. Prick cookies with fork tines and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 275 F for about 45 to 55 minutes or until lightly browned.