These 3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies come from an old Scottish recipe that has been passed down for generations!
These Shortbread Cookies treats are one of my favorites! The Scottish Shortbread Cookies come from an old family recipe that has been passed down for generations, and they’re simply perfect with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa! While my own family isn’t exactly Scottish, the recipe comes from a Scottish friend. That means that even though I’m not an authentic Scot, these shortbread cookies are definitely the real deal. Shortbread is as basic and simple as a cookie (biscuit) can get. But it’s also divinely delicious. And for that reason, shortbread has been a favorite throughout the UK for hundreds of years.
The origin of shortbread goes back to somewhere around the 12th century when it was originally made from leftover bread-making dough that was left to dry out and harden into “biscuit bread.” Over time butter replaced the yeast and biscuit bread evolved into shortbread. The term “short” refers to the crumbly texture from the large quantity of butter. Butter was a luxury item and so shortbread was enjoyed only on special occasions and, of course, by the nobles and royals.
WHAT DO SHORTBREAD COOKIES TASTE LIKE?
While the taste of the shortbread cookies sends me straight to a warm & cozy place when I was a child, I love them just as much as an adult. They’re not too sweet, they’re perfectly buttery, and they’re ideal for a snack. If you’re not familiar with a traditional shortbread recipe, butter is definitely the prominent flavor. In other words…they’re amazing!
ARE SHORTBREAD COOKIES AND SUGAR COOKIES THE SAME?
No, they’re not. Sugar cookies require many more ingredients than shortbread cookies, and the sugar cookies are typically sweeter, with a lighter, crisper texture.
HOW TO MAKE SHORTBREAD COOKIES:
Here’s the best news of all: a basic shortbread cookie recipe only requires 3 ingredients:
DO SHORTBREAD COOKIES HAVE EGGS?
Nope, you don’t even need eggs for this recipe! With such a simple ingredient list, you can have hot-from-the-oven shortbread cookies in less than 1 hour!
To prepare the dough, start by mixing together the butter, flour, and powdered sugar in a bowl. There are no special skills required, so just let the mixer run until a nice ball of dough forms!