Traditional Scottish shortbread

    1 hour 30 min

    A lovely buttery traditional family shortbread recipe that's been handed down from gran to mum to me. Very easy and always turns out perfectly.


    Fife, Scotland, UK
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    Makes: 12 slices

    • 225g butter
    • 170g plain flour
    • 110g self-raising flour
    • 60g cornflour
    • 110g caster sugar

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:20min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 150 C / Gas 2.
    2. Melt the butter in a medium pot, and while the butter is melting, mix together all the dry ingredients.
    3. When the butter is just melted, add your dry ingredients mixture and stir until all it comes together.
    4. Spread into a 25x17cm (or similar) baking tin and prick with a fork. Bake for 1 hour, until shortbread is a golden brown colour.
    5. Once removed from oven, cut into slices immediately and sprinkle with a little more caster sugar but leave in baking tin for 20 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool (this prevents the shortbread from crumbling and falling apart.


    Depending on your oven, this recipe may be ready a little quicker, so check after 45 minutes.

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    These were the best.  -  22 Oct 2011


    I made these last night and they were lovely - melting the butter makes mixing a lot easier and less messy. I also added a rounded teaspoon of cinnamon which gave a really nice flavour. Thanks ;o)  -  15 Sep 2013


    Hello, I joined this site especially to say how delighted I was to find your family recipe for shortbread. Your gran is or must have been a great cook! I've tried almost a dozen recipes from all the well known names, but none of the results matched my expectation in taste and texture. I too always ignore the time wasting 'cream the warm butter & sugar together' method and just give the butter & sugar a blast in the micro for a few seconds to melt it first. I was therefore so glad to see your method, it's quick and easy, and the combination of ingredients is just perfect!!! 👏 Thank you 😃  -  29 Jan 2017