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Oatmeal Shortbread

Oatmeal Shortbread

Oatmeal Shortbread

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Oatmeal Shortbread
4.4 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4.4/5 (7)
Course: Cutout Cookies, Rolled CookiesDifficulty: Medium



This recipe for Oatmeal Shortbread is a simple butter shortbread with oatmeal, which gives it a little bit more chew and color. While we usually think of Scottish shortbread as not much more than butter, sugar and flour, oats can also be found in very old shortbread recipes from Scotland. Plus, oats are the national grain of Scotland.


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2/3 cup oats quick oats

  • 1/2 cup corn starch

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened


  • Mix flour, oats, corn starch and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Blend in butter. Work with hands until a soft, smooth dough forms. Shape into a disk and wrap with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator 30 minutes or until easy to handle. Preheat oven to 300F. Roll out dough to scant 1/4″ thickness in between two sheets of waxed paper, parchment paper or plastic wrap. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Decorate if desired. Bake for 15-25 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Baking time (and yield) will depend on cookie size. Remove and cool completely on wire rack. Store in airtight container at room temperature.


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I got the recipe in 2001. While looking for yet a different cookie for Christmas,tried this. It froze well, 3 weeks ago. Unsure about the storage life. Thawed 2 days ago. Took to work. As people walked away, they were heard to say mmmm.
- Anita in Minneapolis, Mn

best cookies ever
- A Baker

Great Cookies!!!!!!
- A Baker

I will give it a 2 instead of a 1 becasue they taste really good. But they don't bake well at all for cut out cookies. They spread too much and don't keep their shape.
- Erin in Tampa

These cookies taste delicious! I would recommend making these cookies of any party.5 stars
- A Baker

My husband loved the taste. I didn't try it, but if he loves them, they must be good. The dough was a little hard to work with. I added about 1/3 cup more butter than suggested to make it more workable. I'll makes these every Christmas.
- A Baker

These cookies taste great. Shortbread, with an added touch: where could you go wrong?!
- A Baker
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