3 ingredient Scotch Shortbread Cookies piles on a plate with coffee and a spoon.
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Scotch Shortbread

Light, crispy, and buttery this 3 ingredient shortbread cookie recipe would please even Mary, Queen of Scots.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chill30 mins
Course: Christmas, Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Scottish
Keyword: shortbread cookie recipe
Servings: 70 cookies
Calories: 47kcal


  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour


  • Set a rack in the top and bottom thirds of your oven and heat to 325˚F.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  • With a stand mixer or hand mixer on low speed, beat the butter for 30 seconds until creamy and whipped.
  • Add the sugar and beat on high until the mixture is fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl periodically.
  • Add flour gradually and stir until well blended.
  • Place the dough onto a work surface dusted with flour and shape into a disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
  • On lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick.
  • Cut into 1-inch by 2-inch cookies with a pastry wheel.
  • Transfer to baking sheets and bake for 15 - 20 minutes until the edges are slightly browned.


Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg