Scottish Shortbread
75 mins (prep 30, cooking 45)
3 ingredients
2 servings
My Great Grandmother brought this recipe with her from Scotland to Boston, MA in 1903. I learned how to make it from my Grandmother. To this day, we would not be caught without having this on hand during the Holidays. This recipe is not for the faint at heart. It is a labor of love. The hand kneading process can take up to 20 minutes (really) due to the ingredient ratios. The true keys to the success of this simple, rustic recipe are that the butter needs to be at room temperature (limp) and that you need to use the warmth of your hands to get the entire ball to a glistening stage. The flour needs to melt into the butter and sugar. You need to work it to the point that when cut in half, the interior of the ball glistens like the exterior. I know it sounds like a lot of work but the end results are well worth it. Put on some holiday music and share the process with people you love. Pass the ball around and take turns kneading it. Make some special Holiday memories with your family. I hope you enjoy making, eating and giving this shortbread as a small gift as much as we do... Enjoy!

Categories:  5-ingredients-or-less , hand-formed-cookies , easy , number-of-servings , <-4-hours , cookie-and-brownie , time-to-make , for-large-groups , dessert ,
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Serving Size (359.21 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 1724.85 Calories from Fat 842.94
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 93.66g 288.19%
Saturated Fat 58.52g 585.18%
Trans Fat 3.72g %
Cholesterol 243.81mg 162.54%
Sodium 733.34mg 61.11%
Total Carbohydrate 205.15g 136.77%
Dietary Fiber 4.64 g 37.12%
Sugars 74.32 g %
Protein 18.72g 74.87%
Vitamin A 2837.3IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 53.74mg% Iron 8.03mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4