Sometimes the best Christmas cookies are the simple and classic ones, especially when the stress of the holidays sets in. You want to just grab some easy ingredients from your fridge and cupboard, throw them together, and have delicious cookies ready. Shortbread cookies are some of my favorite classic cookies. I may be a little biased since my family is Scottish, but you can’t beat warm, buttery shortbread cookies straight out of the oven. It’s also so easy since they’re just sugar, butter, and flour.
I realized I’ve never actually tried to make any traditional shortbread recipe when I was deciding what cookie recipes to try for the Christmas cookie series. I usually just grab a package of Walker’s and I’m good to go. So this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a shot. Most recipes are very similar, with only the types of sugar used varying. I decided to try a mix of regular sugar and brown sugar, since brown sugar is said to amp up the buttery taste of the cookies. The buttery the better in my opinion. You can even spice them up by dipping them in chocolate or drizzling with caramel and sea salt. Give these classic cookies a try for a no-fail dessert for any occasion.
Traditional Scottish Shortbread
Makes 16 cookies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25-35 minutes
Total time: 40-50 minutes
- 1 cup of butter softened
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Cream the sugars and butter with a mixer. Add the salt.
- Gradually add the flour to the butter and sugar between blending.
- Mix well. The dough is crumbly, so pack it together as best you can before putting the mixture in an ungreased 8 x 8 pan. Press the mixture down into the pan with a large spatula place to make it more even .
- Lightly score the top of the dough about 1/8th of an inch deep to make 16 servings. Poke a row of holes straight through to the bottom of the pan down each bar.
- Bake for 25 to 35 minutes. Let cool for an hour, then cut each bar from the score marks and serve.