Shortbreads, also known as Scottish biscuits are thought to have evolved from medieval biscuit bread. And what is biscuit bread, you ask?
Scottish cooks have long been recognized for many things, of which baking is one. Biscuit bread was created by using dough leftover from baking bread. It was gathered together and dried in a clay oven. The word biscuit actually means twice cooked. You can find a recipe for the original Scottish shortbread here.
For many years, shortbreads were expensive and saved for special occasions like weddings, holidays or other family milestone celebrations. Today, they’re enjoyed much more broadly, but you often will find they show up more often around holiday celebrations. For National Shortbread Day, some recipes to create your own shortbread sensations.
These rich buttery-sweet crumbly Matcha Green Tea Shortbread Cookies are infused with the delicate flavor of green tea and finished with sparkling turbinado sugar. Recipe here.
Shortbread is the perfect small bite that is not too sweet, yet satisfies the craving for something to go with coffee or tea. It’s even better when it’s got a hint of chocolate! Recipe here.
Cardamom Shortbread Snowflakes are a great rolled dough cookie that can be used for decorating OR eating. We prefer both, so we turned our cookies into a wreath (the ones we didn’t eat first, of course). Recipe here.
Shortbread is on-trend and in-season, so spice it up a bit with a hint of chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg! Recipe here.