Cooking with Gooseberry Patch: Simple Scottish Shortbread

My Munchie girl asked to bake a treat with me this morning, but since she wasn’t feel too good I wasn’t keen on her eating something overly sweet or heavy.  So we made shortbread.  A tad “lighter” for her belly than other cookies.  🙂  I like that shortbread recipes generally call for just 4 ingredients like this one from Gooseberry Patch. I also like that shortbread dough is really versatile–I’m planning on making a citrus version as well as an espresso flavored shortbread for a morning tea gathering at my place soon.  I’ll let you know how they turn out!

Today I kept it basic, but I might have dipped a few in melted dark chocolate.  You might want to do that, too.  I won’t tell anyone. I had mine with a cup of black currant tea as a late morning treat.  Munchie also chose a teapot cookie cutter along with a reliable circle and fall leaf cutter to pretty up our shortbread.  Love how she says they taste better when they’re “fancy.”

Here’s the recipe shared by Gooseberry Patch on their website from Big Book of Home Cooking:

Simple Scottish Shortbread

Gooseberry Patch’s Big Book of Home Cooking


  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 and 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

Beat together butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until well blended. Add flour, one cup at a time, to butter mixture, blending well. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1⁄4 to 1⁄2-inch thickness. With a sharp knife, cut dough into 2-inch squares or cut into 13⁄4-inch rounds with a cookie cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheets and prick top of cookies with a fork. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until bottoms are golden and tops are light in color. Cool on wire racks. Store in airtight containers. Makes about 4 dozen.

Cozycakes suggestions:  Melt your choice of chocolate chips (I use dark chocolate) and dip one end of shortbread into chocolate for a slightly more decadent treat. 🙂

Featured at the fun party over at Walking on Sunshine and Foodie Friends Friday linky party.



  1. Mmmm, I love shortbread!! And I love the idea of making variations 🙂 this looks lovely, hope your girl is all better soon!

  2. These shortbread biscuits look sooo cute 🙂

  3. And I hope I help your daughter feel better!

  4. Oh they look so lovely, very nicely done!
    Thank you for sharing them at Foodie Friends Friday, come back Sunday to vote 🙂

  5. I hope your girl is feeling better. One of my favorite cookies is shortbread. I love how they’re not too sweet but just perfect anytime! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!

  6. I love shortbread! Always reminds me of my grandma, who made the best! I can’t ever quite get mine to turn out like hers. Your post makes me want to give it another try! 🙂

  7. Can you believe that I’ve never had shortbread? I will have to try it out, now that I know how simple it is 🙂 I hope Munchie is all better!

  8. I just saw that your shortbread was voted one of the top 3 at the Foodie Friends Friday link up party! Contratulations to you!

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