Highlander Shortbread

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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.

Highlander Shortbread biscuits, stacked on a black slate chopping board. The biscuits are golden in colour, with sugar coated sides.

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!

"These were terrific. I’m a scot expat living in the USA and just made these for a holiday party. All my American friends went crazy for them with a couple saying they could never buy store bought shortbread again!"
Taylor
Highlander Shortbread recipe from Baking with Granny. Classic buttery Scottish shortbread rounds, with a delicious coating of demerara sugar.

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Highlander Shortbread biscuits, stacked on a black slate chopping board. The biscuits are golden in colour, with sugar coated sides.

Highlander Shortbread

Real Scottish shortbread, made a little bit more special with edges coated in demerara sugar.
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 15

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 180°c (160°c for fan assisted oven or Gas Mark 4) and grease a couple of baking sheets with a little excess butter/margarine.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter/margarine and caster sugar until it becomes light and fluffy.
  • Sift in the flour and cornflour and mix to form a stiff dough, using your hands if necessary. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured worktop and gently knead until smooth.
  • Roll your dough into a ball before forming it into a long sausage (about 5cm in diameter). Wrap the sausage-shaped dough in some cling film and transfer to the fridge. Leave for about 30 minutes to stiffen slightly.
  • Place the demerara sugar into a spare baking tray, before removing the dough from the fridge and roll the sausage-shaped dough through the sugar, ensuring it's completely coated.
  • Cut the sugar-coated dough into circles around 1cm thick and transfer to your pre-greased baking trays. You should get about 15 biscuits.
  • Bake in your pre-heated oven for around 10-15 minutes until the tops are lightly golden.
  • Remove from the oven and leave the biscuits to cool on their tray for around 10 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Granny likes to add a little cinnamon to her demerara sugar.
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Highlander Shortbread recipe from Baking with Granny. Classic buttery Scottish shortbread rounds, with a delicious coating of demerara sugar.

18 Responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

    1. 5 stars
      Hi.

      You had a 3 year old in close proximity to shortbread dough and managed to have dough left?

      Respect!

  3. 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?

    Thanks!

  4. 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

  5. 5 stars
    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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 5 stars
      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?

    2. 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.

  9. 5 stars
    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.

  10. 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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