Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies
What better way to add some Holiday cheer than with some delicious, rich, buttery traditional Scottish shortbread. A homemade gift to someone you love, or a special treat just for you.

Shortbread Cookies

I am going to share the absolute best shortbread recipe you will ever have. This recipe has been handed down from my great Aunt Jean, from, you guessed it… Scotland. I still remember her beautiful thick accent, with that wonderful Scottish burr. I could just listen to her for ever, I loved it so much. 

Now, I am a huge fan of shortbread. It is my all-time favorite cookie. Traditional shortbread is less sweet and more rich, perfectly buttery and crumbly and  melts when it’s in your mouth. This recipe provides just that! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 


  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of rice flour
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 brick (pound) salted butter


  1. Mix butter and sugar until well mixed
  2.  Add rice flour, mix
  3.  Add white flour, mix
  4.  *See below for baking options

Making Your Cookies

There are two ways I  make these cookies.  One is fast and easy. I use this method if life is crazy and time is precious. ( This can happen during the holidays! ) The second, is to make these babies when I DO have time, where I can bake while potentially enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of hot cider. It’s more a labor of love with rolling and cutting out the shapes that are inspiring me at the moment. Take your pick!

Method 1 - Easy

  • Pad the dough into a cookie sheet.
  • Use a knife to draw lines in the dough to what size you want your cookies. ( do not cut all the way through) 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes
  • Reduce temperature to 300 degrees and bake for (30-40-50) minutes. Use middle rack ( I know this seems to be a huge difference, but it really depends on your oven and how well you like your cookies baked.)
  • Cut cookies when fished and slightly cooled

Method 2 - More time

  • Roll the dough out on a nice clean surface to your desired thickness. ( I like about a half inch )
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out cookies and place on baking sheet. 
  • Same baking instructions, be sure to watch towards the end for the look of your perfect shortbread. 

** Note: Shortbread is such a classic cookie a simple shot glass makes the perfect round two bite cookie. It also looks beautiful stacked with a pretty ribbon. 

These were the shape of choice last year.  Simple, elegant and so very delicious. 

Bonus: They freeze well!

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