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Scottie Dog Shortbread Cookies

To flavor the dough, add a teaspoon of grated lemon zest, cinnamon, maple syrup, or almond extract.

  • Yield: Makes 12 to 16
Scottie Dog Shortbread Cookies

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 12 to 16 twelve-inch lengths of 3/8-inch plaid ribbon, for collar (optional)


  1. Line two rimmed baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper. Sift together flour and salt in a small bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add confectioners' sugar, and continue to beat until very light in color and fluffy, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, about 2 minutes more. Add vanilla, and beat to combine. Add flour mixture, and combine on low speed, scraping with spatula if necessary, until flour is just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed with fingers.

  2. Remove half of the dough from bowl. Form dough into a flat disc, and wrap it in plastic. Add cocoa to remaining dough, mix until well combined, and form into a flat disc; wrap in plastic. Chill both discs until firm, at least 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll out one disc to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out shapes using a Scottie dog�shaped cookie cutter, and place on prepared baking sheets. Scraps can be gathered together and re-rolled once. Repeat with remaining disc. Bake until firm and just starting to color, 13 to 15 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating. Tie a length of ribbon around the neck of each dog to form a collar, if desired. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 4 weeks.

Reviews (26)

  • dianastyles 2 Dec, 2011

    This recipe has been a go-to for me for years. I use it for all cut-outs and sub the butter for earth balance to make it dairy-free.

  • llaurenlynn 10 Nov, 2009

    The recipe says to use a teaspoon

  • AprilNicole 10 Nov, 2009

    If anyone has tried this with cinnamon or almond much did you use?

  • theflyingacc 10 Nov, 2009


  • tlcocco 10 Nov, 2009

    You can get Scottie cookie cutters (any many, many others) at

  • katiemaude 18 Apr, 2009

    Where can i find a Scottie cookie cutter?

  • BMercer 16 Jan, 2009

    Love the idea about dipping the cutter in the bowl of flour. I will have to use it next time.

  • brienani 30 Dec, 2008

    Place small amount of flour in a shallow bowl, dip the cutter in the flour then cut your shape on the rolled out dough. Flour helps prevent sticking. If your dough is cracking maybe you have too much flour that was called for in the recipe.

  • humus 26 Dec, 2008

    They cracked when out of fridge and then stuck to cookie cutter and counter when I tried puttting the dough back together. What am I doing wrong?

  • humus 26 Dec, 2008

    These had a wonderful flavor. I ended up just rolling them out

  • BMercer 19 Dec, 2008

    The one thing I would change about the receipe is that instead of dividing in half and then adding the cocoa. I would just make two batches and with one no cocoa and the other double the cocaa and have a bunch of scottie and Westie dogs.

  • brienani 11 Dec, 2008

    There is a variety of dog shaped cookie cutters available from The Cookie Cutter Shop in WA state. Their website is: I faxed them my order for a scottie, poodle and laborador dog cutters. Their email is: William Sonoma's scottie dog is cute, but too big (4x6"). I wanted a 2 bite-size (3.5") cookie cutter like the one Martha shows above. This company has some unique cutters and was pleased to find cheerleader cookie cutters

  • humus 6 Dec, 2008

    Williams-Sonoma has Scottie cookie cutters for $10.

  • josephinebat10 6 Dec, 2008

    I love this recipe and have changed to using orange instead of lemon also ginger instead of cinnamon. The mind can boggle when you think about it. I haven't tried using lavender as yet but I know it has been used in shortbreads.

  • CaliDog 6 Dec, 2008

    This is a cute Idea. But, I don't have a scottie, I have a black labbie. So I'll branch out and make chocolate labbies instead! I'm sure somebody makes a lab cookie cutter. Fun!

  • sandiblast 6 Dec, 2008

    this is so weird. I have this recipe somewhere and wanted to make them for Christmas. Now i don't have to look for it. Thanks

  • kcinsocal 6 Dec, 2008

    I found and continue to find an assortment of all kinds and sizes of scottie dog cookie cutters on eBay.

  • sed81650 6 Dec, 2008

    Where do you get the scottie dog cookie cutter?

  • brienani 5 Dec, 2008

    Deborahasc this is NOT a dog treat recipe. This is for human consumption. There are a lot of these cookie recipes even William Sonoma sells their own scottie dog cookies for humans to eat. Martha, please don't remove this recipe as I was looking for this such recipe and so happy I found it on your website!!!

  • deborahasc 1 Dec, 2008

    I typed in "cookies for dogs" in your recipe search and this cookie came up.Dogs are not to consume chocolate,they will become extremely ill, and in some cases ingesting chocolate could lead to death.
    In this recipe, it calls for cocoa powder as one of the ingredients.Does cocoa powder act in the same way as chocolate does to dogs? And if so, please remove the recipe immediately! Thank you,a fellow dog lover.

  • Madigansmama 23 Jun, 2008

    How cute. My sister-in law loves her Scottie and is visiting in July. I had found a set of Scottie coffee mugs and her favorite hazelnut coffee. This will make the gift more personal. Thank you!

  • szperry 22 Jun, 2008

    I would love to have a template for the scottie dog. I happen to have a Scottie and I would love to have a template or purchase a scottie cookie cutter.

  • flowersbybrig_yahoo_com_skitzz 29 May, 2008

    Your Idea is great. I agree with the other lady. This is a good Idea for the holiday also. Why do I always have to label

  • judysteff 3 May, 2008

    Martha, Many of your recipes indicate that flour should be spooned and leveled; is that the case with this Scottie Dog Shortbread cookies? The recipe sounds delicious!!


  • inky86 29 Feb, 2008

    Martha is it possible to have a template for the scottie dog? So we can trace the dough. Thanx!

  • JacquelineMarie 21 Dec, 2007

    These are so yummy and cute! A HUGE hit in the office and with kids. I gave some as gifts...decorated with the little plaid bows. Almost too ADORABLE to eat!!!

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