THE BEST SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD COOKIES EVER! So simple and melt in your mouth delicious!

Many of you know I spent my formative years living in Scottland and England as my dad was in the Air Force. While in a Scottish boarding school we learned how to make the easiest and most melt in your mouth shortbread cookies. The recipe I learned only had three ingredients! I’ve made shortbread since I was a little girl. Let’s make the best ( and most authentic and easiest) Scottish shortbread ever!

Today on Decorating Tips And Tricks we are talking about BEST TIPS FOR HOSTING THANKSGIVING DINNER. Oh, how yummy!!!!! We have the SO many tips today!

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THE BEST SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD COOKIES EVER! So simple and melt in your mouth delicious!


An authentic Scottish shortbread using just 3 ingredients. Perfection!
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  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4-6 cups all purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheets with parchment.
    In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter together on high speed until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour one cup at a time up to 4 cups. Keep beating the mixture on low speed.
    If the mixture is too shaggy add more flour until a soft ball is formed.
    Take the dough and form it into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
    Flour a working surface. Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch and cut it out with cookie cutters. 
    Bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly golden brown on the bottom.
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Scottish
Author: Yvonne @ StoneGable

I hope you will make these easy and oh, so delicious Scottish shortbread cookies!


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  1. Shelly Mathes says:

    oh boy Yvonne, thanks a million! CANNOT wait to make these, I love shortbread!

      1. Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

        1. I use salted butter. Because the recipe does not call for salt I like that the butter has a little in it.

  2. I just finished listening to the DTT podcast about where to put the tree and stockings, and wanted to you know that we played the game “Pick” too. 🙂 It brought back fun memories of growing up. Blessings to you this holiday season!

  3. Cool and drizzling here in N.C. A good day to bake cookies and these shortbread look delicious. Perfect with a cup of tea.Thanks Yvonne.?

  4. I would live to try this recipe! How many 2 inch circle cookies ( or your ovals) do you think you could get from this? Thanks!

  5. I cannot seem to find the link to the episode 124 about Thanksgiving…..

  6. Where is the thanksgiving tips podcast link?

  7. Jacklyn Carney says:

    These cookie r an all time favorite of mine! ?

  8. 5 stars
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Shortbread!!! Thank you for sharing. I want everybody to try this. They won’t be sorry.

  9. I love shortbread but usually take the lazy route and buy it. But, I think I’ll try these. What does “ if the mixture is too shaggy” mean?

  10. Omg!! How is that!! I LOVE shortbread cookies! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  11. Only 3 ingredients, that’s my kind of recipe ! These cookies look yummy.

  12. mattsgramma says:

    I am always printing off your recipes Yvonne. These authentic shortbread cookies look like they will melt in your mouth. Can’t wait to mix up a batch.

  13. Laura Harrie says:

    Yum, shortbread cookies and a cup of tea!

  14. I love shortbread cookies and I can’t wait to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Norma Rolader says:

    5 stars
    Yummy Yummy my Tummy is wanting

  16. Is White sugar – granulated or 10X powdered? Definitely, want to try these…

    1. I learned to make it with regular sugar. I know many recipes use 10X

  17. Theresa at Winterberry Lane says:

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness Yvonne thank you for sharing your recipe for Shortbread cookies. I can hardly wait to make a batch of these for our Thanksgiving dinner. My grandma use to make these,but I never got her recipe. Now I’m definitely going to try your recipe.Many thanks!

  18. These are a family tradition. My grandmother was from Scotland. Every Christmas she would send them to us in NY from where she lived in Illinois. This goes back to the 1950’s. Now I send them to my grandchildren that are out of state. The only thing I do different is mix cake flour and all purpose flour to give it a texture that is more like hers.

  19. Three ingredients??? This is one for my recipe box!


    Yum! I can’t wait to make these. Thanks for posting!

  21. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    How many cookies does this make?
    Have you had success when halfing the recipe?
    Could you freeze half the dough for later?

    Lots of questions, but ALWAYS enjoy your recipes!
    Thanks for sharing your recipe and what must be a lovely memory!

    1. Depends, Nan! The number the dough will make depends on the cookie cutters you use.

  22. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    My grandmother used to make shortbread, and I’ve been meaning to look up her recipe and give it a try. Your version may be the same — I’ll have to compare. It’s such a good little snack with a hot cup of tea. Not too sweet – just right. Thanks for the nudge to get baking!

  23. Yum! I love shortbread. Do you think the roll could be frozen to slice and bake right before Christmas?

    1. I’d make it into a log and cut them off the log and bake them. Genius!!!!!!

  24. I have a recipe from a childhood friend from her grandmother who was Scottish. It has the same three ingredients, but you also add some rice flour to them. They are the best ever. I make them every year.

  25. The simpler the better is the best! These look delish!!!! We make nutballs that are about the same ingredients (with the addition of pecans, of course). I adore everything about your blog.

  26. I love shortbread but didn’t realize it would be so easy to make. I’m looking forward to making a batch of these.

    1. Rebecca, you can add a pinch of sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla if you want to get fancy!

  27. These look delicious. Can’t wait to try them.

  28. Jean Stewart says:

    Hi as im Scottish make them all the time and yeh they are delish hope all ur fans try this they will not be dissapointed. An old scottish tradition as well is to make them for the newyear set ur table with shortie on it and when all ur first footers ccome in after the bells it a drink and a bit o shortie lol ,Ps and to bring u luck throughout the year a first foot thats a person who come through ur front door after the bells has to have dark hair lol Thanks Jean xxx

  29. Mine didn’t turn into a dough, was i supppsed the melt the butter? It isn’t working

  30. Judith Blanchard says:

    I received a wonderful shortbread pan last year and have to try it out. Hoping I can use your recipe! Thanks so much. Always a fan.

  31. candace seneca says:

    hi ,, it did not turn into a dough…..i had to add water ……just to make a dough and idk if it will keep to roll and cut out. i used the ingredients and measurements to a tee. can you post a video of you makin them?

    1. Not sure why Candace. You should not have to add water. Sorry these did not work out for you!

  32. i just finished mixing these up and it isnt dough…its like a coarse cornmeal? I jumped on here to see if anyone else had this problem and saw that a couple of others did. Iwonder what in the world! Followed the directions exactly. i think i will add some milk.strange!

  33. Mary montry says:

    The BEST,THANK you !

  34. 2 stars
    I am a baker and could tell as I added second cup of flour that the ratio was not right. I have a bowl of coarse flour right now. Hoping to salvage. Any tips,Yvonne…?

      1. 4 stars
        Morning! I did the 1-2-3 ratio,kneaded for about 5 minutes,chilled and had a beautiful batch.Kneading was the key for me. As always thank you for a beautiful blog,especially at Christmas,Yvonne!!!

        1. Thanks so much Susan. I’ve made this recipe for years and it works just fine. Aren’t shortbread cookies the best? YUM!

  35. Marilyn Gillis says:

    Love shortbread!!! Got to try it!!!

  36. Erin Walsh says:

    And now I have a second delicious looking and easy cookie recipe. Thanks!