Gran's Scottish Shortbread Recipe - 4 Ingredients!

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5m Nov 20, 2020

Gran always said the secret to her shortbread recipe was using rice flour. You end up with an all butter shortbread that will just melt on your tongue, leaving a huge grin on your face. You can bake this shortbread recipe as rolled and cut-out cookies, or in a fancy stoneware shortbread mold... or as we've always done; a shaped round that is cut into wedges after cooking. This is a great egg free cookie recipe. Don't think of this as just a holiday cookie, or a Christmas cookie recipe - these are great all year round. A melt on your tongue rice flour shortbread recipe.

250 mL (1 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature
125 mL (1/2 cup) superfine or fruit sugar
125 mL (1/2 cup) rice flour
375 mL - 425 mL (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cup) all purpose flour

In a bowl cream the butter.
Gradually add sugar and beat until fluffy.
Gradually add rice flour and all purpose flour until the mixture is too difficult to mix with a spoon.
Turn onto a floured board and knead lightly, drawing in flour until the dough begins to crack.
Form into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 150ºC (300ºF).
Cut ball into half.
Place one segment on one side of an un-greased baking sheet.
Pat the dough into a circular shape roughly 1/4 inch thick.
Take a fork and prick a lovely pattern onto the top of the dough.
Do the same for the second segment of dough.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
When the dough is slightly golden remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
Cut into wedges and remove from baking sheet to cooling rack.

Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into cookie shapes.
Place on an un-greased baking sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes in an oven set at 300ºF.
When slightly golden remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
Remove from baking sheet onto cooling rack.

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