My Gramma (my mom’s mom) wasn’t the only one with cooking skills in the family. My Nana (my dad’s mom) also had some chops in the kitchen.

My Nana was born and raised in New Zealand, and met my Grandfather when he was on R&R during World War II. She sent him the BEST photos when he was away fighting.

Barefoot Glamour
she wrote on the back, “Barefoot Glamour”

110 lb, grey-eyed blond. Your wife, Nancy
from the back: 110 lb, grey-eyed blond. Your wife, Nancy

now I know where I get it.

After the war, my Nana took the War Bride ship over to America. She brought with her recipes from her own mother and grandmother, and she passed them on to my Aunt Lynn, who has now passed them on to me! I tackled her Scottish Shortbread Cookies because they only have four ingredients. I figured that made it hard for me to mess up.

Nana’s Scottish Shortbread Cookies

You need:

Nana's Scottish Shortbread Cookies

2 sticks of butter, softened
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Cream the butter and sugar

Cream together the butter and powdered sugar. I am finally using the mixer!

add flour, mix

Add one cup of flour to the butter/sugar mixture. I mixed with my hand, like my Nana used to, but you can also use a mixer on low using the ceramic mixing tool.

add the remaining ingredients, mix more.

Add the remaining flour and salt and mix it more. Man, I need lipstick.

flour your board

Flour your board. I…don’t have a board. So I used the counter. I’m a regular MacGyver.

flour hands!

Put flour on your hands, too.

pat out the mixture to about 1/4 inch thick

Gently pat out the mixture until it’s about 1/4 of an inch thick.

sleepy assistant

SOMEONE was supposed to help me with that part.

cut into bars

Using a knife, cut the cookies into bars.

add decorative pricks.

Prick the cookies two to three times with a fork.

bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes

Bake at 325 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes.

nap time

Take a nap. Cookie making is hard work.

almost done!

Almost done!

Shortbread Cookies


taste test!

I had my dad join Mike and Annie for the taste test, since it is his mom’s recipe…


…and they all liked them! My dad said they tasted just like he remembered.

annie loves cookies

Annie loves cookies.

My aunt says to store the shortbread cookies in an air-tight tin. I didn’t do this…because the cookies were gone in an hour!

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Nana's Scottish Shortbread Cookies
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Serves: approx. 2 dozen cookies
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Cream the butter together with the powdered sugar.
  2. Add 1 cup of flour ro the butter/sugar mixture and mix with your hand.*
  3. Add the remaining flour and the salt and mix with your hand.*
  4. Pat out the mixture on a well-floured board to about ¼ inch thick.
  5. Cut into square or rectangle bars.
  6. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and prick cookies with fork 2 or 3 times. This is for the Scottish look.
  7. Bake at 325 for about 20-25 minutes
if you don't want to use your hands, you can use a mixer on low using the ceramic mixing tool.