Old Fashioned Scottish Shortbread Cookies

Scottish Shortbread Cookies

(HealthCastle.com) Is loving shortbread in my genes? With part of my ancestry coming from Scotland, it seems like my weakness for shortbread was fated to be. Shortbread has few ingredients, but loads o' flavour...a perfect paring with coffee.

Ingredients

  •     3/4 cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour
  •     1/4 cup (30 grams) rice flour (can use cornstarch/corn flour)
  •     1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar (or castor sugar)
  •     1/2 cup (113 grams) cold salted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) with the rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. In a large bowl whisk the flour with the rice flour (or corn flour/cornstarch) and the sugar.
  3. Have ready an 8 inch (20 cm) tart pan with a removable bottom.
  4. Then take the very cold butter and grate it over the flour mixture.
  5. With your fingertips, work the butter into the flour by lifting small handfuls and rubbing the butter and  flour together until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs (you do not want a dough to form).
  6. Evenly press the shortbread into the tart pan, smoothing the top as best as you can.
  7. Prick the surface with the tines of a fork and then, with a sharp knife, score the top of the shortbread into 16 wedges.
  8. Bake for about 40 -50 minutes (watch carefully) or just until a light biscuit color.
  9. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 5 minutes; remove from tart pan
  10. Place the shortbread round on a cutting board and cut each shortbread round  into 16 wedges (along the scored lines). Cool completely on a wire rack

Shortbread cookies with keep in an airtight container for about a week or they can be frozen.

Makes 16 shortbread wedges

Variations abound, for more shortbread recipes...

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