Traditional Scottish shortbread

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By: Mary Berry From: Good Food Live

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.31 / 5 (522 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
15 min
makes 8 pieces

For a terrific treat to accompany a cuppa, Mary Berry bakes buttery golden shortbread the traditional Scottish way


1. Set the oven to 160C/gas 2.

2. Place all the ingredients together in a food processor and whizz until the mixture forms a smooth dough (if preferred this can be done by hand in a bowl using soft butter).

3. Roll the shortbread out to form a circle with a 20cm diameter and flute the edge (alternatively, press into a 20cm loose bottomed cake tin).

4. Prick gently over the top with a fork and score the surface of the round into 8 even wedges. Sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes until firm and golden. 

5. Set aside to cool a little, but cut into wedges while still slightly warm. Store in an airtight tin.


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Hi Jane, if you don't have a food processor, you can use your fingertips to rub the ingredients together and shape the mixture into a ball before rolling it out.

We made James Martin's shortbread recipe the other day and it turned out very well, you might like it try it as well - [link]

Anna -Good Food Anna -Good Food  Posted 11 Mar 2013 10:51 AM

what have I done wrong? I'm new to this baking lark and used a mixer as don't have a food processor, it came out like crumbs so I pressed it into tin, in oven now, fingers crossed !!!!!!!!!

janeM80535 janeM80535  Posted 11 Mar 2013 8:18 AM

Heavenly, buttery shortbread from the ever reliable Mary Berry. Delicious, success every time. Try it and enjoy!

DianneH5666 DianneH5666  Posted 14 Oct 2011 3:00 PM

another triumph from Mary Berry - so simple and uncomplicated recipe but fabulous results every time

SNOOKY SNOOKY Posted 02 Jun 2011 5:23 PM

havn't tried it yet but how long would i cook it in microwave

sailorbob73 sailorbob73 Posted 10 Oct 2010 2:40 PM

Absolute perfection and so easy

Maeve 3 Maeve 3 Posted 23 Sep 2010 10:21 PM

Absolute perfection and so easy

Maeve 3 Maeve 3 Posted 23 Sep 2010 10:21 PM

This is about the best shortbread recipe Ive found yet!.

leanneG21961 leanneG21961 Posted 05 Mar 2009 10:29 AM