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Shortbread cookies

Who does not like shortbread cookies? Originally from Scotland, these cookies have just three ingredients: flour, butter and sugar. These ingredients were considered luxury items and the cookies were reserved only for special occasions.

Shortbread is an important part of Scottish culture. In Shetland, for example, it was traditional to break a decorated shortbread cake over the head of a new bride on the threshold of her new home.

Today not much has changed and the same original ratio of ingredients is still applied. This is what makes the shortbread cookie one of the world’s classic cookies. The recipe combines three units flour with two units butter and one unit sugar. The high ration butter and sugar to flour gives the cookie its characteristic rich taste and crumbly (short) texture.

Shortbread cookies

Recipe by christiekeulderCourse: CondimentCuisine: ScottishDifficulty: Easy


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Shortbread cookies are a favourite the world over. With only three ingredients it is also one of the easiest to prepare at home.


  • 300 grams Cake Flour

  • 200 grams Butter

  • 100 grams Castor sugar


  • Heat the oven to 170℃.
  • Add the sugar, butter and flour to a mixing bowl. Combine and mix the ingredients with your hands until it resembles breadcrumbs. Then squeeze it together until it forms a dough.
  • On a lightly floured surface and using a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 0.5 centimetres.
  • Cut the cookies into disks or fingers or whichever shape you prefer and transfer them to a baking tray lined with baking paper. Use a fork to create imprints and sprinkle with more castor sugar if you prefer.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes until the edges are just beginning to turn golden brown.
  • Carefully transfer the cookies onto a cooling rack and let them cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Shortbread cookies
Shortbread cookies

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