Easy Scottish Shortbread Cookies #Recipe

In 2017, I went to Scotland to research Flower and Foul Play. While I was there, I may have eaten my weight in Scottish shortbread cookies. It seemed to me there was a Walkers Shortbread shop in every city I visited and even in many of the villages. When I went back to my B&B for the night after a day of research, the maid put a piece of shortbread on my pillow. I became accustomed to having shortbread and tea every evening before bed, and I felt VERY Scottish, even though I don’t actually have a drop of Scottish blood in me.

Of course, you can buy Walkers shortbread here in the U.S., but after my trip to Scotland, I thought I would try my hand at making it. Enjoy this recipe inspired by my travels to research Flowers and Foul Play, the first in the Magic Garden Mysteries set in Scotland. My protagonist Fiona Knox inherits a magical garden in Scotland just in time to solve a murder!

Easy Scottish Shortbread Cookies


1 cup butter (softened)

4 cups all purpose flour

1 cup brown sugar

9x 13 inch pan


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream brown sugar and butter together.
  3. Add half of the flour to the butter and sugar and begin to knead, slowly added the rest of the flour as you knead until the consistency it a little like Play-Doh.
  4. Press dough firmly into a 9×13 inch pan and prick up and down the dough with a fork. 
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until a light golden brown.
  6. Cut while still warm and cool cookies on a wire rack.
  7. Enjoy with a cup of tea!

Fiona Knox lost her fiancé and her flower shop—but when she flies to Scotland to inherit her godfather’s cottage and possibly magical walled garden, she may lose her life as well when she’s swept into a murder investigation.

FLOWERS AND FOUL PLAY is the first novel in the Magic Garden Mysteries. You can order the title HERE!

Be sure to check out book two, Death and Daisies, and book three, Mums and Mayhem too!

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