How to Make a Delicious, Authentic Scottish Shortbread

Finding a new cookie recipe that’s both delicious and meaningful is an amazing journey. That’s why I’ve been loving watching baking shows with my husband – we find SO MANY wonderful new recipes we have to look up, try, and enjoy.

And it seems like every biscuit week on our favorite baking show, someone is making some Scottish shortbread. It’s crumbly, buttery, and melts in your mouth. And adding in various flavors can be quite the adventure! Even so, it’s a delicious traditional Scottish recipe that should be enjoyed. So let’s enjoy it!

Image of round freshly baked Scottish shortbread in a wooden bowl with towel under it and scattered shortbread at the table

How to Make Scottish Shortbread

Now, while it looks like a simple enough recipe, remember that just because it looks simple doesn’t mean it’s easy to master. In fact, my experience with “simple” looking recipes is this: it’s easy to get them right the first time or two.

Then, suddenly, you realize all of the ways it can go wrong – and you start learning how to get it right each time (and you make a ton of batches that just don’t turn out right!).

In any case, start simple. Then you can start adding in more flavors, experiment with reverse creaming (mixing the flour and butter together first), or however else you want to try things.

Yield: 36 2-inch cookies

Scottish Shortbread

Scottish shortbread biscuits on a counter with a bottle of milk and more cookies on a plate on a cutting board

Looking for the perfect recipe for Scottish shortbread? This biscuit (or cookie-like) recipe is delicious, authentic, and a family favorite.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 sticks butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in flour and beat until just combined.
  4. Place dough in a zip-top bag and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Place dough on a floured surface and roll out until ½ inch thick.
  6. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cookies are a light golden brown.

Nutrition Information


36 cookies

Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 86Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 14mgSodium 41mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 1g

This Shortbread is Amazing! Enjoy.

Got your biscuits baking or cooling? Amazing. Pretty soon you’ll have some delicious, melt-in-your-mouth goodness to enjoy.

Cite this article as: “How to Make a Delicious, Authentic Scottish Shortbread.” Kimberly C. Starr, 10 April 2019,

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By Kimberly C. Starr

I'm a ginger who loves reading, eating, being a nurse, spending time with my family, and writing about it all. I believe humor is the best medicine, followed very closely by chocolate and tacos. To read more about me, click here.