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What is a good recipe for Scottish shortbread cookies?

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A good recipe for Scottish shortbread cookies is the Cooking Channel's Scottish Shortbread, containing only butter, sugar, flour and salt. Another good recipe contains butter, castor sugar, flour and rice flour.

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To make Scottish shortbread, whip 1 pound of softened butter and 1 cup of sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, and then fold in 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of sifted all-purpose flour. Gradually fold in up to 5 more cups of flour, and knead the dough by hand until the mixture turns crumbly. Press the dough onto a cookie sheet, prick it with the tines of a fork, and bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. Cut the cooked dough into bars before allowing the cookies to cool.

Another good recipe calls for 1 pound of butter, 8 ounces of castor sugar, 1 pound of sifted flour and 8 ounces of rice flour. After creaming together the butter and sugar in one bowl and sifting together the flours and 1 pinch of salt three times in another bowl, fold in the flour mixture into the butter mixture using a wooden spoon, and roll it into the desired shapes. Instead of using rice flour, use equal amounts of powdered sugar and castor sugar along with flour and butter.

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