Scottish shortbread

(44 ratings)
Scottish shortbread recipe
Scottish shortbread recipe
  • Makes: 24

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Woman's Weekly recipe This Scottish shortbread recipe is simple and delicious. If you're having the family over for afternoon tea, this biscuit recipe is perfect. Packed with sweet butter and sugar, this recipe is a must-have.


  • 350g plain flour
  • 125g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 250g butter
  • Caster sugar, for dusting
  • 2 x 23cm round sandwich tins, buttered and base-lined

Woman's Weekly cookery editor Sue McMahon suggests putting all the ingredients in a food processor if you want to to make this quickly and whiz until it starts to bind together.


  1. Set the oven to 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3. Put the flour, sugar and salt into a bowl. Cut the butter into pieces and add to the bowl. Work the mixture until it forms a ball (do not beat the mixture). The mixing may take a while.
  2. Divide the mixture into 2 and put a portion into each tin, pressing it into an even layer.
  3. Use the handle end of a fork to flute around the edges of the tins, then use the prongs to prick over the surface.
  4. Place the tins in the centre of the oven and bake for about 30-40 mins, or until the mixture is a pale golden colour.
  5. Remove the shortbread from the tins and cut into petticoat tails, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool. Dust with caster sugar before serving. (Not suitable for freezing).

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
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  • Calories 148(kcal)
  • Fat 9.0g
  • Saturates 6.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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So quick (if done in blender as suggested) so easy so yummy, thank you,

Mel highland

This recipe is really good! I'm 13 aswell and the shortbread is really good! I was wondering if instead of in a tin I could use cookie cutters and put them on a tray??


The weigth are in (gramas)?


Love it gona try it ;) But will it work if ı put bit of dough on the beaking sheet like cookies and beak it ?

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Hi Georgia - glad you enjoyed them - keep up the baking!

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Hi Laura - what did you find was a problem with the recipe?


This recipe did work! i'm 13 and managed to make them on my own! Tasted delious, everybody enjoyed them and it's easy to make!!!!! Great recipe


this recipe did not work!!!!


me and my daughter made these and she loves um.. very yummy.. x

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