Scottish Shortbread

Newbies in the kitchen — if you’re looking for an easy recipe to help you hop into the holiday baking spirit, this buttery and crumbly classic from pastry chef Linnea Blake of Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks is a great starting point to get your hands floured. The shortbread boasts only five ingredients and takes just minutes to throw together. A sprinkle of sanding sugar (large crystal decorating sugar that doesn’t dissolve with heat) and flaky sea salt creates a sophisticated interplay of sweet & savory on the otherwise simple cookie.

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  • 8 ounces (225 grams) of butter
  • 1/2 cup (110 grams) of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups (225 grams) of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (100 grams) of cornstarch


  1. Mix together soft butter and sugar.
  2. Stir in salt, flour, and cornstarch until just combined — do not over-mix.
  3. Press 1/2 inch thick and cut into whatever shape you want! I do rectangles.
  4. Sprinkle with sanding sugar and flaky sea salt.
  5. Bake at 325 Fahrenheit for 8 minutes until barely golden on the edges.
Looking for more holiday treats (with less actual baking)? Get to the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts’ annual charity bake sale on Saturday, December 15th. All the proceeds will benefit two local non-profits: Community Cooks & Women’s Lunch Place. Get all the sweet deets here.

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