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Kenny Rochford's Scottish heritage gives him an edge when making these buttery shortbread bars. "The key is to work the dough by hand," he says. "No modern mixers here!" More Cookie Recipes

April 2011


Credit: © Ingalls Photography

Recipe Summary

2 hrs
1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 300°. In a large bowl, mix the flour and sugar. Add the butter and gently work it into the flour with your fingers until a dough forms.

  • Line a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; butter the paper. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan, about 1/3 inch thick. With a knife, score the dough into 2 1/2-by-2-inch bars. Bake the shortbread for about 50 minutes, until pale golden and set. While the shortbread is still hot, cut it into bars. Transfer the baking sheet to a rack and let cool.

  • Set 1 shortbread bar on each plate and spoon about 1 tablespoon of the marmalade on each one. Top each shortbread with ice cream, garnish with mint and serve.

Make Ahead

The shortbread can be kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.