Sunday, May 13, 2018

Easy Scottish Shortbread Cookies from Amanda Flower


A warm welcome to Amanda Flower who has a new book out! FLOWERS AND FOUL play takes place in Scotland, and poor Amanda had to take a trip there to get the scoop on magical gardens and shortbread!

Don't miss her giveaway at the bottom of the post!

When I was in Scotland researching Flowers and Foul Play, I think I may have eaten my weight in Scottish shortbread cookies. It seemed to me there was a Walkers Shortbread shop in every city I visited and even in many of the villages. When I went back to my B&B for the night after a day of research, I found that the maid put a piece of shortbread on my pillow. I became accustomed to having shortbread and tea every evening before bed, and I felt VERY Scottish, even though I don’t actually have a drop of Scottish blood in me.

Of course, you can buy Walkers shortbread here in the U.S., but after my trip to Scotland, I thought I would try my hand at making it. Enjoy this recipe inspired by my travels to research Flowers and Foul Play, the first in the Magic Garden Mysteries set in Scotland. My protagonist Fiona Knox inherits a magical garden in Scotland just in time to solve a murder!

Easy Scottish Shortbread Cookies


1 cup butter (softened)
4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
9x 13 inch pan

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream brown sugar and butter together.
  3. Add half of the flour to the butter and sugar and begin to knead, slowly added the rest of the flour as you knead until the consistency is a little like Play-Doh.
  4. Press dough firmly into a 9x13 inch pan and prick up and down the dough with a fork.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until a light golden brown.
  6. Cut while still warm and cool cookies on a wire rack.
  7. Enjoy with a cup of tea! Scottish breakfast is my favorite!

Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words.  In addition to being an author, Amanda is librarian in Northeast Ohio. Flowers and Foul Play is the first novel in her Magic Garden Mystery Series set in Scotland.

Amanda is giving away a copy of FLOWERS AND FOUL PLAY to one lucky person who leaves a comment here. Giveaway closes at midnight eastern time on Tuesday.


  1. This is the easiest I have seen for short bread.

  2. Is there anything better than a shortbread cookie to lift your spirits? I have a favorite place in Ireland that makes incredible ones, but it's kind of far to go. This sounds like a great alternative.

  3. I love shortbread and it is one of the simpler recipes I have seen for it. Hope you had a fantatic time in Scotland researching for the book.
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  4. I like the short ingredient list

  5. Imagine your research trip to Scotland was amazing. Nothing quite measures up to sampling something from where it originated like the shortbread cookies.

    What a simple recipe to turn our such yummy results. I will definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks!

    "FLOWERS AND FOUL" has been on my TBR list since I first heard about it. Appreciate the chance to win a copy!
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  6. This recipe looks easy enough even for me. The new series sounds great.

  7. Scottish Shortbread was my Mom's favorite thing to have with tea in the evening. I'll be trying this recipe. It's a bit different from Mom's but I bet she would've loved it! Thank you for sharing it.

  8. Thank you for this recipe, it seems pretty easy. (I am not a Baker, and usually run from anything that I know I cant make) i am excited to try this one.

  9. Love shortbread done well. looking forward to trying ths recipe.

  10. This will be the first Mother’s Day without my mom, and she loved shortbread, so thank you for the recipe - I’ll make some in her honor. :)

  11. That looks like a recipe even I can make! Thanks for sharing.

  12. The book and recipe both sound wonderful! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to both. My husband loves shortbread and I love mysteries!

  13. I LOVE shortbread with tea -- a lovely way to start and end the day. Thanks for the delicious recipe -- I love that it is so simple and also that it has one whole cup of butter in it -- YUM!

  14. The recipe looks easy to make but probably not weight watcher friendly. I'd kill to visit Scotland before I'm too old to make the trip. In place of that I'd enjoy winning your new book.

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  15. This is so delectable since I love shortbread. Such a great treat with tea. Your book would be enjoyed greatly. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. Thanks for sharing love books with recipes. Can't wait to read!

  17. I love shortbread cookies! Definitely trying this recipe. The book looks good, too!

  18. Hi. Marlene here. I want to say that that recipe sounds so easy. I enjoy Amanda's books. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  19. What a wonderful shortbread recipe. Shortbread is my favorite biscuit and I will be making these for my grandchildren. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  20. I don't think I could mess up this recipe. I think I should make some today. Thanks!
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  21. What a simple recipe for shortbread. I could definitely make this. lol Another book added to my TBR list and can't wait to read it. brichardson0056(at)yahoo(dot)com

  22. Can't wait to try this. I love new recipes and new books.I love the cover it is so cute. Thank you for the opportunity to try and win.

  23. Shortbread is one of my favorite cookies. Thanks to Amanda for coming up with a new series. My fingers are crossed. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  24. Utter simplicity! Butter, sugar, and flour.
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  25. I love shortbread but never have tried to make it. You might have inspired me! NE Ohio? Whereabouts? We moved to Hudson back in the early 80s and lived there until 2000 when we moved on again.

    1. Question: do I need to grease and flour the pan?

  26. I love the recipe, and the book sounds great. It must have been a fantastic research trip. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

  27. I love shortbread. I'll never forget the one time I got some homemade as a Christmas gift and left it under my Christmas tree. The next morning I discovered my dog had opened the package and ate all my shortbread. I may have cried.

    I love that this recipe is so easy and with so few ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

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