Scotch Shortbread


My best friend in high school's mom made this traditional shortbread recipe for me when I had my first overnight stay in a hospital. I loved it so much that I made it whenever I could. When we lived overseas, my mom had to limit the number of times I could make it because butter was so expensive. Now it's part of my Christmas baking. Very rich and good!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
12 cookies


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  2. Mix together flour, butter, and 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl with your hands until well combined. Press dough into an ungreased 11 1/2x7 1/2-inch sheet tray or jelly roll pan. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are light brown, 20 to 30 minutes.

  4. Cut shortbread into squares in the pan while still warm. Cool completely before removing squares from the pan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

267 Calories
16g Fat
29g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 33mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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