Scottish Shortbread Summer Platter

I made this delicious Summer shortbread treat platter for the kids last week with the Herdy Scottish shortbread range from Dean’s shortbread factory. The Scottish shortbread platter is so much fun and the perfect thing to make for the kids at the weekend.

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This delicious platter was made with the lovely Herdy range of Scottish shortbread using Dean’s unique Scottish recipe. We are big fan’s of Dean’s shortbread in this house. The shortbread factory is very local to us and you will quite often find us popping in for lunch. This lovely Herdy range of Scottish shortbread worked really well in the Summer platter board with all the different fruits and dips.

You could even mix it up a bit and add in some ice cream to make this a delicious ice cream platter board. We love a good grazing board in this house and in this one we used the lovely Herdy shortbread along with some fresh strawberries, apples, bananas and some blueberries. You could use a variety of fruits and mix up the sprinkles and sauces too. Some whipping cream would also work really well.

If you like the sound of this lovely recipe you may also enjoy some of my other Scottish favourite treats. I love the Aberdeenshire bannocks recipe served with jam or other spreads. This would be a lovely recipe to add to this platter. I also love the chocolate banana cake and it would also go along really well with this lovely Summer platter board.

Tips for making this recipe:

  • You can use a variety of seasonal fruits for this Summer platter. I like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. You could also try using blackberries, pears, or even some black or red currants.
  • I used caramel sauce in this recipe but it would also work really well with some chocolate sauce or a raspberry puree with a little maple syrup mixed through.
  • The Herdy shortbread are adorable in this platter and they come in the most lovely collectable tins. You can keep the tins and use them for storing all sorts of little toys or baking items.
  • Why not try turning this lovely Summer shortbread platter into an ice cream platter on a hot day by adding in a bowl of ice cream to make delicious bowls of fruity shortbread sundae topped with strawberry or caramel sauce.
  • This recipe is best made just before you need it as some fruits don’t keep very well left out in the open and will brown. A little lemon juice may reduce browning on the fruit slices like apples and pears.

Dean’s are a local shortbread factory based in our home town of Huntly, Aberdeenshire. They also have a lovely resturant with viewing gallery to watch the Scottish shortbread being made while you enjoy a lovely lunch. We have enjoyed many a trip there and continue to use the resturant with the family. We never leave of course without some of their delicious shortbread based on a traditional recipe. You can read a little bit more about Helen Dean who created the lovely Dean’s shortbread recipe below.

“Dean’s story begins in 1975 at the heart of Helen Dean’s kitchen, in the small town of Huntly, North East Scotland. It was here that Helen first created her delicious traditional shortbread, and her friends and family loved the ‘melt in the mouth’ sensation. Her husband Bill, a Drum Major, thought it was so delicious he decided to use Helen’s baking to help raise funds for the local Huntly pipe band. Their touring helped spread her shortbread’s fame far and wide, and soon, the aroma of home baking would fill the town as Helen established her own small bakery to meet demand.”

This recipe uses the lovely Herdy range of shortbread by Dean’s. The range comes in the most adorable of tins and the design of the shortbread is fun and to be enjoyed by the whole family. I think they would make lovely gifts!

“Dean’s have launched a range of shortbread with the cute and loveable lifestyle brand, Herdy, to spread smiles and happiness across faces (and inside tummies!) across the UK!” – Deans –

The range includes four 225g gram ‘Hobby’ tins which features lovable Herdy’s doing activities that all of us have become more familiar with over the past two years – baking, caravanning, hiking, and cycling! And the four 120g ‘Collector’s Edition’ tins in eye-catching colourways with the smiling face of Herdy.  The tins contain all butter Herdy shortbread ovals, slowly hand-baked to the Dean’s family recipe for a light and crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth taste.” – Deans –

You can find out more and purchase the Herdy range at the link below:

Scottish Shortbread Summer Platter


  • 1 or 2 Tins of the lovely Herdy Shortbread by Dean's
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Jar of Caramel Sauce
  • Coloured Sprinkles
  • Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Chopped Mint


  • There are no specific quantities for this recipe but to make it easier you can slice up the fruit for the board.
  • I placed the Herdy Shortbread across the board and arranged the fruits around it with some chopped nuts and sprinkles on the top.
  • I also added in some sprinkles and caramel sauce to add onto the shortbread after it is dipped in the caramel sauce!
  • This fruity grazing board was so much fun and we really enjoyed the lovely Dean’s Herdy Shortbread. The all butter Herdy shortbread is made using the Dean’s family recipe and has a light and crumbly melt in the mouth taste.

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