Traditional Scottish Shortbread

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

My older brother, Robert, invited Alec to dinner at our home.  I admit I was smitten by him….We were wed just 6 months later….”  Here is one of Alec’s favourites.



Traditional Scottish Shortbread from “Memoirs from Mrs. Hudson’s Kitchen”

A personal favourite of my late husband and tea drinkers everywhere.



  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup sugar (confectioner’s, icing)

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour


  1. Cream butter and sugar.

  2. Add 3 ½ cups of flour, ½ cup at a time.  

  3. Mix well and knead thoroughly.  Add more flour if needed.  The more you knead the tastier the shortbread will be.

  4. Pat the dough into a round, baking tin.  (Don’t roll it or grease the pan; the dough is rich enough.)

  5. Prick with a fork all the way through, top to bottom, in a design if you can.

  6. Bake in a 300F oven (very slow) for 45-60 minutes.  Do not let shortbread get brown on top.


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