Grandma’s Shortbread

Welcome to Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! Every year I host a holiday cookies exchange. It is a fun time to get together with friends and share fun recipes, delicious cookies, and some holiday spirit. Today’s post is like a virtual cookie exchange, where we’re all sharing some tried and true holiday cookie recipes. I hope you find these recipes inspiring as you plan your holiday baking this year!

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Many of my childhood memories stem back to my grandmother. During our winter breaks from school growing up, my brothers and I would spend every day sitting in her kitchen, playing games and enjoying her delicious treats.

One recipe that stands out from the rest, however, was the staple of her kitchen: Scottish Short Bread. These light, buttery cookies were essential at Christmastime and evoke some of the fondest memories of her, my family and my childhood. I was lucky enough to have inherited her recipe, and today I am sharing these cookies with you all.


Begin by setting out a 1/2 pound of butter until it reaches room temperature.  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Sift together a 1/2 cup confectioner sugar, a 1/2 tsp. cornstarch, and 2 cups of flour.  Then combine this mixture with the butter.


Now, comes the fun part: mixing the dough by hand.  My children loved to help when they were young, and since there is no raw egg, I wouldn’t worry if some of the dough made its way into their mouths, as it inevitably did!


Prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper.

Now, you have some choice.

The first option is shaping your dough into circles,  about 1/4 -1/2 inch thick.  My daughter likes to create a fun, decorative edge with a fork. Then sprinkle it with a little granulated sugar.

Or, place the dough in a parchment paper lined jellyroll pan, again so it is about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle it with granulated sugar.


Now, bake in a slow oven at 300 degrees for about a half hour until the dough turns to a light brown.

Enjoy these treats plain, or  drizzle with semi-sweet chocolate and decorate for the holidays, as I have always liked to do.


Enjoy!  Best wishes to you and your family for a very Merry Christmas!


Grandma’s Scottish Shortbread
Recipe Type: dessert
Author: Lynne
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This light and buttery shortbread comes together with just five ingredients.
  • 1/2 lb butter (2 sticks) softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • granulated sugar for sprinkling on top
  1. Begin by setting out the butter to soften to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  3. Sift together cornstarch, confectioner’s sugar, and flour.
  4. Mix by hand with butter.
  5. Shape into circles or press into a jelly roll pan so dough is about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  7. Bake at 300 degrees, for about 30 minutes, until golden brown.
  8. Enjoy!

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  1. Love that you included your grandmother’s handwritten recipe card in your write up!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I have always wanted to try Shortbread, and this recipe appears to be ‘the real deal’ !! I share your gratitude and appreciation for having a Grandmother who played such a tremendous in our lives. As you do, I feel lucky and blessed, and treasure every single one of her recipes in my collection that are written in her handwriting. I will let you know how successful I am with your recipe!!

  3. I like that it’s no fuss! Definitely worth a try 🙂

  4. I love shortbread cookies and I will have to try your grandma’s recipe. Pinned.

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