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Grandma’s Scottish Shortbread

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


4 dozen

Updated: Nov. 11, 2022
My Scottish grandmother was renowned for her baking, and one of the highlights whenever we visited my grandparents was her bringing out the baking tin. Her shortbread cookies were my favorite, and now, whenever I make them, I remember her. This is not a thin, crispy dessert shortbread; it’s a deep bar that is best served with a cup of tea. —Jane Kelly, Wayland, Massachusetts
Grandma's Scottish Shortbread Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 pound butter, softened
  • 8 ounces superfine sugar (about 1-1/4 cups)
  • 1 pound all-purpose flour (3-2/3 cups)
  • 8 ounces white rice flour (1-1/3 cups)


  1. Preheat oven to 300°. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Combine flours; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Press dough into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Prick with a fork.
  2. Bake until light brown, 45-50 minutes. Cut into 48 bars or triangles while warm. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 139 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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