Two Colorful Tea Cozies

Home baked shortbread served with tea is a Scottish tradition worth embracing. Why not brew a pot of Earl Grey or Scottish Breakfast tea and serve it piping hot (I love mine with milk and sugar). While you are enjoying your first cup, it’s time to do a bit of baking.

Lizzie’s kitchen-tested recipe for
Scottish Shortbread

Home-baked Scottish Shortbread


1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup butter, softened

1 tablespoon granulated sugar


Sift confectioners’ sugar, cornstarch, and flour together in a bowl. Add softened butter, using your hands to knead the mixture into dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for no longer than 30 minutes.

Press cold dough into the bottom of a greased 8 x 8 pan (round or square; glass is best).

Bake at 325 for 30 minutes or until the edges are very lightly browned.

Sprinkle granulated sugar across the top. Cool completely, then cut into 8 servings.

P.S.  Want to bake a bigger batch? Double the recipe and use a glass oblong baking dish. Want a more festive look? Used colored granulated sugar for the final dusting. (Many thanks to the Hurstbourne Baptist Church Book Clubs for both excellent suggestions!)

Visit my board on Pinterest to enjoy A Victorian visit to Stirling, Scotland, the setting for A Wreath of Snow!

Our Shortbread Baked December 14, 2012

Have you tried baking my shortbread recipe? Read A Wreath of Snow? Visited Scotland? If so, kindly leave a comment below. Holiday blessings to you and yours!