British Recipes > Scotch Shortbread

How to make Scotch shortbread:
A rich, buttery, traditional Scottish biscuit.


1 cup butter
6 tablespoons caster/superfine sugar
3 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
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- Cream the sugar and butter together.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and rice flour together and mix in with the sugar mixture.
- Knead well.
- Divide the mixture into 2 and roll out into rounds using a piece of greaseproof paper as a template.
- Decorate around the edges with thumb and finger pinches.
- Prick all over with a fork and then bake keeping the greaseproof paper in place on a greased baking tray at gas mark 3 for 40 minutes.
- Remove paper when shortbread is firm and cool.