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The most delicious shortbread recipe…Highlander Shortbread have all the best best bits of any shortbread, but with a demerara edging making them next level.
Recently someone asked Granny, “what’s your favourite thing to bake?” and without hesitation, she answered with “Shortbread!” I’ve already shared Granny’s famous Shortbread recipe but inspired by recent events, I thought it was now time to share another variation of the classic Scottish Shortbread – which incidentally is my favourite kind – Highlander Shortbread!
If you follow Baking with Granny on social media (Facebook & Instagram) you might have seen our recent excitement of being invited to London to take part in the first of the new series of Bake Off: An Extra Slice. As it was following on from the first of this years The Great British Bake Off, and a change to the usual schedule with them debuting with biscuit week, we were asked to bring a biscuit themed bake along with us.
After a bit of thought we decided on some regional biscuits and baked a selection of shortbread to take on our adventure. We travelled down on the train from Edinburgh to London on the Saturday morning, with the shortbread safely tucked under Granny’s seat. After arriving in London around midday we headed to the Television Centre to drop off our bake, before grabbing some lunch and returning to start filming at 3.30pm.
The afternoon/evening involved a lot of waiting but was overall a fantastic experience, with us even getting to see the new episode of The Great British Bake Off days before it debuted on TV. And we even made the final edit and can be seen talking about your selection of regional biscuits. You can see it on All4 – I should mention that we were asked before if I minded going along with the joke and of course agreed!
Out of the shortbread we took along it included my favourite kind – Highlander Shortbread. The biscuit itself is made to the same recipe as Granny’s Shortbread but the technique and the addition of a demerara sugar coating adds a little something extra to these perfect buttery biscuits.
They are best enjoyed with a cup of tea (or a dram of whiskey should you prefer!) and also make a great gift too. Always a definite showstopper if you ask me!
Hello amy.ima Scot for Glasgow living in the USA I was so happy to find you and your Granny’s recipes.keep them coming.thnank you.
this is such an amazing website its the so enticing to see this delicious cakes .Keep up ….
Just made these with my 3 year old son and they were a real hit in our house! We didn’t put the dough in the fridge as my son didn’t have the patience for that but they still turned out delicious!
Oh it’s the highland shortbread I’m talking about btw!
You had a 3 year old in close proximity to shortbread dough and managed to have dough left?
Making a batch for a Christmas present for my boss so fingers crossed
Hello! I am looking for a shortbread cookie that is thick and holds it shape but melts in your mouth once you bite into it without being crunchy. Do you think this recipe would be better for that or your should I try your original Granny’s Shortbread instead?
Hey, I just used this recipe for a bake off competition for work tomorrow. They taste so yummy. I’m hoping they are the winner. Thanks for sharing
So easy to make! Confess I left them a little longer in the oven as I like it very crisp! Taken lots round to my friends (in England so they Lloyd anything Scottish!!) and they think it’s amazing!
Made these yesterday, they are so good will be making them again and again
These were terrific. I’m a scot expat living in the USA and just made these for a holiday party. ( I made two batches and put chocolate chunks in one of them.) All my American friends went crazy for them with a couple saying they could never buy store bought shortbread again! These reminded me EXACTLY of my Aunt Betty’s highlanders. In the 70’s we would head through to Glasgow for her infamous Hogmany party every year. Her melt in the mouth ‘biscuits’ were the thing i most looked forward to as a child and this recipe was an exact replica of my memories. (She recently passed and I looked online for a recipe to make them in her honour and came accross your recipe.) Thank you!
I really thought nothing could beat your granny’s shortbread biscuits, it was the very first thing I tried to bake, just a few months ago. Then I made this, it is literally to die for. I always have it, in a good old fashioned tin container, everyone loves it. The texture is fabulous and the extra crunch from the Demerara is amazing. Brilliantly simplistic and tastes completely scrumptious!
Hello from Elgin, IL USA. This is the best shortbread cookie recipe I have ever made! It is such a simple, purely delicious cookie. Thank you, I look forward to making it many more times. It’s my new favorite.
need it in USA’s terms (i.e. what is 75 g, etc)
Sandra, try google many conversion charts, I would buy scales with metric measures on them. Do you know that USA and Myanmar are the only countries in the world not using the Metric system?
Hi Sandra. You need to buy a weigh scale really, or use a conversion chart. For demerara sugar, try turbinado sugar. They’re very similar.
I’ve made these a few times now and they are delicious! So delicious in fact, this year I’m putting them into my hampers of home made food gifts that I give to family and friends every Christmas. Thanks for the lovely recipe.
Made these yesterday for Hogmanay. Can’t stop munching them. Perfect little biscuits, easy and quick. I didn’t have Demerara sugat, so I mixed dark brown sugar with white granulated sugar., Perfect. Now one of my favourite, go to recipes. Thankyou.,
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