Classic Scottish Shortbread
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Simple ingredients yield rich, buttery cookies in this effortless recipe that's oven-ready in less than five minutes!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, sliced and softened
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Measure flour, ¼ cup granulated sugar, powdered sugar, and salt into the bowl of a large food processor. Pulse until blended. Add butter and pulse in long pulses until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
  3. Pour the mixture onto a lightly floured board and, with floured hands, gently form it into a ball. Press dough into the bottom of an ungreased 9-inch baking pan with a removable bottom, or a 9-inch springform pan. Use the tines of a fork to make impressions around the border of the dough, and then evenly prick the surface. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until pale golden brown with a firm center. Remove from the oven and cut into 8 to 12 wedges with a sharp knife. Allow to cool completely before removing sides of pan and lifting out cookies. Store in an airtight container.
- If you don't have a food processor, you can easily make this recipe by hand by whisking the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and then cutting in the softened butter using a fork or pastry cutter until mixture is very crumbly with no large particles remaining. From there, follow the rest of the above recipe.
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