Scottish Shortbread Cookies Inspired by Aran Bakery

Scottish Shortbread Cookies Inspired by Aran Bakery

 By,
Kate
My sister discovered the loveliest book, Aran by Flora Shedden, at a local boutique just in time for Christmas last year.  After unwrapping the sweet present, I knew it was a treasured find. The book is a beautiful blend of enchanting photography, delightful recipes and heartfelt stories of community in the Scottish Highlands. 
 
 
Scottish Shortbread Cookies and Aran Bakery Book
The cover art alone makes me want to book a trip to Scotland to experience the charming bakery in person.  You will love the whimsical, sweeping florals – their signature style for bakery decor and cake toppers (see them here). Who needs candles when you have roses?!
 
Scottish Shortbread Cookies
Flora Shedden started Aran Bakery in her hometown of Dunkeld on the Isle of Skye, deep in the Highlands of Scotland.  If you ever have the chance to visit, the Isle of Skye is one of the most extraordinary places to explore - it feels untamed and breathtakingly beautiful, particularly from the high peaks of the Trotternish Ridge as seen on the Quiraing Walk. Can you tell I’m dreaming of another trip already?
 
Scottish Shortbread Cookies
In the meantime, I’ll bake some special treats from the book to share with family and friends – we can daydream of Scotland together!
 
Scottish Shortbread Cookies, Candle Lighting, Peaceful Moment
There are recipes in “Aran” for both the novice and the experienced baker.  In case you are not ready to attempt croissants from scratch, I recommend trying a crowd pleaser like the shortbread. 
 
Scottish Shortbread Cookies
Quick, simple and made from ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen, it is perfect for a gathering of friends to share over tea and coffee.  Here is a Scottish shortbread cookie recipe inspired by Aran’s - I added a bit of salt to balance the sweetness.  Enjoy!
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Scottish Shortbread Cookies

Scottish Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:
¾ cup + 1 heaping tablespoon (170g) Confectioners Sugar
1 cup (280g) Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
2 cups + 2 tablespoons (290g) All Purpose Flour
1 ¼ cup (160g) Cornstarch
¼ teaspoon Salt
Tip: Confectioners sugar makes the shortbread extra tender.  If you don’t have any on hand, simply use an equivalent amount of granulated sugar and blend it in a food processor for one minute. 
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 280 degrees F and generously grease a 9x9 baking dish with butter.
  2. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt. Set bowl aside.
  3. Mix butter and sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy (stand mixer with the paddle attachment also works).
  4. Gradually add flour mixture until just combined. Dough will be crumbly.
  5. Gently press dough evenly in the prepared baking dish and prick with a fork to allow steam to escape.
  6. Bake for approximately 50 minutes until lightly golden.
  7. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares with a sharp knife (cutting shortbread while warm prevents crumbling). Allow to cool completely before removing from dish.
  8. Store in an airtight container. 

 

Who do you love baking for? I enjoy making special treats for my family the most - they love these cookies, too!

 

Two shortbread cookies on a plate from the recipe of Scottish Shortbread Cookies from House of Inverness