James Carrier
Total Time
1 Hour
Makes 24 cookies

Tired of traditional Christmas cookies like sugar cookies and gingerbread?  This super simple Scottish shortbread is the perfect cookie to enjoy with family or give as as a gift.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a food processor, whirl butter, 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, and flour together until smooth. Or, in a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and cornstarch until smooth; stir in flour until mixture is no longer crumbly and starts to come together in a ball.

Step 2

Press dough evenly into two 9-inch round pans with removable rims. Press edges of dough with fork tines to make a ridge pattern. Then, with fork tines, pierce dough all over in parallel lines 1 inch apart.

Step 3

Bake shortbread in a 300° oven until firm to touch and golden at edges, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle while hot with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, then let cool 10 minutes.

Step 4

Remove pan rims from warm shortbread. Cut each round into 12 wedges. Cool completely on pan bottoms on racks.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per wedge.

Chef's Notes

Notes: Store these rich shortbread wedges airtight for up to 1 week.

Ratings & Reviews

susan2345's Review

September 04, 2013
When looking for a shortbread recipe, this is the one I was looking for. Thank you.

charmainia's Review

March 12, 2013

maryearrow's Review

June 12, 2011
I have been cooking for 70 years. My favorite cookies are Shortbread. This is by far the best and easiest recipe I have ever made. Try them, and enjoy!

MyNameIsHari's Review

December 15, 2008
Good and simple preparation. Came out nice too.