One of my absolute favorite treats to make for the holidays is shortbread. And I only use the recipe that has been passed down in my family for generations. Because it is easy to make and is absolutely delicious! This scotch shortbread recipe tastes absolutely amazing and is soft and buttery. Perfect for holiday baking.
I have tried many scotch shortbread recipes. It has been a favorite treat of mine for years. But I am extremely picky when it comes to what I consider a great shortbread. No matter how many I’ve tried I always prefer the scotch shortbread recipe that I learned from my grandmother. I like my shortbread to not be hard and to have a soft powdery layer of sweetness. Don’t get me wrong I won’t turn away a piece of Walker’s, Royal Dansk, or even a Lorna Doone. But nothing is quite as good as my grandmother’s shortbread.
Best Scotch Shortbread
- 2 C Flour
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1/4 tsp Baking powder
- 1 C Shortening
- 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 350F
- Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together until combined in stand mixer or large bowl.
- Work in shortening until creamy.
- Slowly add powdered sugar until crumbly. Don't over mix.
- Add mixture to square glass baking dish. Spread out evenly with a scraper. I use the bottom of a glass to smooth out top.
- Bake in oven for 25 min or until light golden brown.
- While still warm cut into squares.
Not All Scotch Shortbread Recipes are Created Equal
A traditional scotch shortbread recipe usually involves only 5 ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, powdered sugar, and lard. But to get the right texture and taste they have to be in the right ratio.
This recipe is for those who enjoy a softer shortbread. I have tried some that tasted more like a hard pie crust. And I absolutely don’t care for that. If I wanted pie crust I’d make it.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Definitely let me know how it turned out. I often use it as a gift for Christmas.