Making Candy at Home

Scottish Butter Tablet Recipe

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: June 17, 2020
Scottish Butter Tablet Recipe

While it looks like fudge and has a toffee color, it is technically neither. It is a traditional Scottish candy which has possible influences from Western Europe. This is thanks to immigrants coming over in the 19th century and bringing their new knowledge to Scots sweet making techniques. It is creamy and sweet (we're not going to lie, this is pretty close to just eating sugar with a spoon), but it has one key difference to caramel or toffee. It has a grainy texture when you bite into it which melts into smooth fudge-y brilliance. Keep reading oneHOWTO to see how perfect Scottish butter tablet recipe is done and use as the perfect petit-four with your after dinner coffee.

4 diners Between 45 & 60 minutes low difficulty


  • Optional flavorings:
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Steps to follow:


Start our creamy Scottish butter tablet recipe by preparing the ingredients. The optional flavorings and ingredients are suggestions, but you can improvise and come up with your own version. It's half the fun.


Pour the condensed milk, whole milk and sugar into a saucepan. Add the vanilla extract or other flavorings at this point. However, if using chunky ingredients like almonds or hazelnuts, simply stir them in at the end.


Turn on the heat to medium and add the butter. Bring to the boil, but make sure to pay attention otherwise it will froth over and make a mess.


Once it is at the boil, turn the heat down to a simmer and continue for about 25 minutes. Make sure to stir every once in a while to stop it burning on the bottom of the pan. The sticky sugary nature means it is particularly difficult to remove if it burns on.


After this time, take a baking pan and grease with butter or margarine. Pour the mixture out and let it cool to room temperature. Once at room temperature, put into the fridge to set properly. It will be perfect when crumbly and gritty, but it should not be too soft or hard.


Serve your Scottish butter tablet candy as a little treat, but make sure not to eat too much. There is little nutritional value outside of calorific energy boosts, but flavor-wise it is unmissable.

If you make it for yourself, please let us know how it goes in the comments below. It make take a few tries to get the texture right, but it should taste great regardless.

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