Recipe: Traditional Scottish Shortbread Cookies

If you’ve never tried a homemade, traditional Scottish shortbread, then you have been missing out, my friend. Buttery, with just a tinge of sweetness, these flaky cookies melt in your mouth. The best part is how simple and easy they are to make. Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

-2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup) at  room temperature
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 cups all-purpose flour

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Mix your butter, sugars, salt and vanilla until creamy and fluffy (about 3 minutes with a hand-mixer).
2. Add your flour and mix.
3. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth. Shape into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 minutes.
4. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Then shape your cookies with a knife or cookie cutters. Lay on the cookie sheet and place back in refrigerator for 5 minutes.
5. In a preheated oven to 325 degrees, add your cookies for 15 minutes or until the edges just start to brown.