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Ayrshire Shortbread (Scotland)


  • 1 3/4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour*
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons cream

* If you can find rice flour, add 1 tablespoon for a crisper shortbread.

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  1. Combine flour, butter and sugar; form a well in the center and add egg yolk and cream. Knead together lightly to form a stiff dough.
  2. Refrigerate for several hours.
  3. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  4. Cut dough into 20 (2 1/2-inch) rounds, 1/4-inch thick.
  5. Bake on a greased cookie sheet until golden brown, about 15 minutes.