Scottish Shortbread 2 Ways: Gluten-Free & Old Fashioned

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Scottish Shortbread
I asked each of my family members and some close friends what was their favourite holiday treat was. Unsurprisingly, 4 of them came back with Scottish Shortbread. Scottish Shortbread has been included on every holiday treat tray that I can remember in my family and being part Scottish that only makes sense. You can imagine my relief (and surprise) when first dating my husband to find their favourite holiday treat was also Scottish Shortbread.

Two of my nearest and dearest also specified they didn’t want to have gluten-free shortbread. Gluten-free shortbread had gotten a bad rap from my mom who experimented and came up with one recipe – very crumbly and bland. Needless to say it didn’t become an instant family classic. Since she is visiting this week, we worked together to create a recipe that is more like the original. It will be interesting to see if anyone notices the differences between the gluten-free versison and regular. Both versions contain rice flour, a gluten-free staple.

I have included both recipes for you to try, whether you be a gluten-free fan or not. I hope you enjoy!

Gluten-Free Shortbread
Yields 24
A delicious gluten-free, egg-free Scottish shortbread adapted from a family recipe.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 1/2 cup icing sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 1 cup rice flour
  5. 1/2 cup corn starch
  6. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  7. 1/2 tsp guar gum
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and icing sugar until very smooth.
  2. Add other ingredients slowly while mixing.
  3. Press with your hands into a 7x11" pan or 8x8" pan for a thicker shortbread
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes on 300 degrees (until edges brown)
Notes
  1. I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer to cream & mix the ingredients. If you have a flour shield, it's a must!
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Old Fashioned Scottish Shortbread
Yields 48
A delicious old fashioned Scottish shortbread recipe from my husbands family. It also makes terrific cookies.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb of butter
  2. 1.5 cup of icing sugar
  3. 1 cup of rice flour
  4. 3.5 cups of all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Cream butter with wooden spoon (not too thin)
  2. Add rice flour & sugar, mix together
  3. Sift in the flour, 0.5 cup at a time
  4. Knead with hands and then add to greased baking pan (9x13" works best)
  5. Bake at 300 degrees for 60 minutes (until edges are golden)
Notes
  1. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer instead of a wooden spoon for creaming.
  2. This also makes terrific cookies. If making cookies, reduce cook time by 15 minutes.
The Inspired Home http://theinspiredhome.org/

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