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Scottish Shortbread

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Serves 32 | Prep Time 20+ | Cook Time 30


2 1/2 c. cake flour
1/2 c. super fine sugar (sometimes sold as ultra fine sugar)
1/2 c. rice flour
2 sticks butter

cut the butter into the other ingredients with a pastry blender

rub butter/sugar/flour mixture finely between your palms (do not use a mixer)

gather dough into a large ball and cut in quarters

hand flatten each quarter into rounds of 1/4" thickness

crimp edges with fork

bake 15 minutes at 350 then lower to 325 for 15 minutes or until light fawn color

remove from oven and immediately cut into wedges

leave on baking sheet until cool and not crumbly

*Note this is a very dry, but manageable dough - definitely worth the effort

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The holidays aren't complete without a batch of Scottish Shortbread, which are a hit at any type of gathering. Be warned, they can be addicting! My mom has made this for as long as I can remember. It is originally from her high school friend's stepmom.

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