By Promote ShetlandApril 1st 2020

Our latest recipe from the archive is this delicious shortbread recipe. Ideal served in the afternoon with a hot cuppa.

This recipe was supplied to us a few years back from Taste of Shetland and was decided upon after much discussion about what makes the perfect shortbread.

Have a go at baking it and tell us what you think, and feel free to share your efforts on our Facebook and Instagram pages. We love hearing from you!

Shetland Shortbread

Servings: 24 biscuits
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • Shetland butter - 8 oz
  • Plain flour - 8 oz
  • White self-raising flour - 2 oz
  • Caster sugar - 3 oz (plus extra to sprinkle)
  • Cornflour - 3 oz (cornstarch)


  1. Preheat oven to 160 C*/ 350 F.
  2. Melt butter.
  3. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
  4. Add the melted butter to the dry ingredients, combine thoroughly. Knead well and press into an 8" x 8" square baking tin to a depth of 1/2 inch.
  5. Prick all over the top with a fork and sprinkle with extra caster sugar.
  6. Bake at 350F/160C/Gas Mark 4 on bottom shelf of oven until a pale beige colour.
  7. Cut into 1" by 2-3" strips while still warm. Leave to cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

*The recipe supplied suggested the temperature of 160 C/ 350 F, and I baked these biscuits at 160 C in my oven. However, they required an additional 10 minutes to cook, so I suspect the temperature should be 180 C (which is equivalent to 350 F).