Scottish Shortbread
Fun (and delicious) for all ages

Happy New Year! Now is the perfect time to celebrate the tradition of Hogmanay. According to this tradition, the first person to step foot into your house in the New Year decides the fortunes for the rest of the year. In order to bring the best possible fortune into your home, guests traditionally carry some small gifts over the threshold with them. For example, coins and coal foreshadow money and warmth in the coming year.

As part of Hogmanay, the homeowner will offer a small celebration, which traditionally includes yummy shortbread. In the past, this simple shortbread was so decadently full of expensive sugar that it was reserved for weddings, Christmas and the New Year. Although sugar is easier to find now, this recipe is still fantastic and easy to make. We hope that you enjoy this recipe and that it brings you good luck and plenty of sweet moments in 2021.


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 lb cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Ungreased baking pan


  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Combine flour and sugar
  3. Cut in the butter, until mixture resembles small crumbs
  4. Knead until smooth (10 times or less)
  5. Press into baking pan
  6. Pierce with fork
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes
  8. Cut into squares