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These are the best Scottish shortbread cookies ever, really. Ok, I know saying any cookie is “the best” is hard, after all, we have different tastes, right? But trust me you will love these buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies!
I’ve been having so much fun sharing some of my family favourite Christmas cookie recipes with you this past week.
These Scottish shortbread cookies just half to be at the top of my holiday baking list. I’ve been enjoying these buttery cookies since I was a girl and I just know you’re going to love them too.
Easy Scottish Shortbread
These shortbread cookies are so quick and easy to make. You only need 3 ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now.
Supplies For Making Scottish Shortbread Cookies
How To Make The Best Scottish Shortbread Cookies
To make your Scottish shortbread cookies put the softened butter and brown sugar into your mixer bowl and cream them together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Then add 4 cups of flour and mix it on medium speed until it’s well combined. If you are making your shortbread cookies in a stand mixer allow it to mix for 5 minutes formed a soft dough.
If the dough is not coming together well sprinkling the remaining flour in while your mixer is running until the dough sticks together.
When you are making these cookies by hand after the butter and sugar are creamed stir in 3 1/2 cups of flour and mix well with a hand mixer or wooden spoon.
Once the flour is combined turn the dough out onto your work surface and knead for 5 minutes adding enough of the reserved flour to form a soft dough.
Roll the shortbread cookie dough out until it’s 1/2 inches thick. You can cut your Scottish shortbread cookies into any shape you like but the easiest and most common way is to slice them into strips 3 inches long by 1 inch wide.
The Quick and Easy Way to Cut Your Scottish Shortbread Cookies
The easiest way I have found to cut these shortbread cookies is to use a pizza cutter. Yes, you heard me right using a pizza cutter to slice your cookies is the fastest and easiest way I have ever found.
Take your pizza cutter and trim the edges of your dough to form a nice rectangle or square. Then make vertical cuts spacing them the approximate width you want your cookies to be, normally 1 to 2 inches.
Then slice your cookies the opposite way to form the length you want, normally 2 to 3 inches.
After your cookies have been cut, use a thin metal spatula to transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Prick the tops with a fork and bake at 325F for 20 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned.
Printable Scottish Shortbread Cookie RecipePrint
The Best Scottish Shortbread Cookies
These are the best Scottish shortbread cookies. They are so easy to make using only 3 ingredients. Perfect melt in your mouth shortbreads!
- Prep Time: 00:15
- Cook Time: 00:20
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 45 cookies
- Category: Dessert
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 to 4 1/2 cups of flour
- In your mixer cream together the butter and brown sugar until it’s light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add in 4 cups of flour and mix well. If making in a stand mixer knead for 5 minutes, otherwise turn out onto your work surface and hand knead for 5 minutes adding enough flour to form a soft dough.
- Roll the shortbread cookie dough out on a lightly floured surface until it’s 1/2 an inch thick.
- Cut the cookie dough into strips, 1 inch wide by 3 inches long and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 325F for 20 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned.
Kim Mills is a homeschooling mom of 6 and lives on an urban homestead in Ontario, Canada. Blogging at Homestead Acres she enjoys sharing tips to help you save money, grow and preserve your own food.