Cookies & Bars
Jean's Scottish Shortbread
This recipe was taught to my mother by a Scottish neighbor, Jean, and mom passed it
on to me. I tried the Cinnamon Shortbread variant on a whim; everyone else
seems to prefer it, but I like the original. Either way, it is a delicious
butter cookie! - joe
- 1 lb. butter (or 1/2 lb. butter and 1/2 lb. margarine)
- 5 cups unbleached flour
- 1 cup cane sugar
- superfine sugar to sprinkle (see note below)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and sugar and set aside. In a large
bowl, knead the butter well, until soft. Gradually add the flour/sugar mixture
while continuing to knead, until all is well mixed. Do not over work!
Press into an ungreased 11x17 pan. Take a fork and poke through the dough
across the width of the pan, making similar lines about 1-1/4" apart down
the length of the pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, and then 250 degrees for 35 minutes. When
done, cut immediately into bars, about 3/4 x 2 inches each (or whatever size you
want). When almost cool, sprinkle generously with superfine sugar. Makes about
8 dozen cookies.
Add the following to the flour/sugar mix, before it is added to the butter:
- 3-4 tablespoons of cinnamon
- 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon of: mace, allspice, cloves, nutmeg
Tips & Notes
- This really is best when done by hand. The texture of the cookie is a
little off when it's made in an electric mixer (but it's still OK, so
don't let that stop you from making the cookie).
- I like baking them the full 35 minutes, so that the cookie is nice and
brown. If you would like a more delicate cookie, bake a little less.
- These freeze very well.
- I cannot find superfine sugar in the stores anymore, but you can make
it yourself. Thoroughly clean out a coffee grinder, add regular
granulated sugar, and grind for about 2 seconds. If you do it right,
you'll have superfine sugar; too long and you'll have powdered sugar.
Due to the difficulty in cleaning a coffee grinder, I usually make about
3 cups at a time and store it.
- I would not recommend using an airbake pan for these -- you want them
Copyright © William T. Zander & Joseph L. Casadonte Jr. 1997. All rights reserved.
Jean's Scottish Shortbread / 29 November 1997 / email@example.com