Shortbread: Thank the Scots!

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). Cardamom Shortbread Snowflakes. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Shortbread: Thank the Scots!

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Shortbread: Thank the Scots!

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.

Matcha Green Tea Shortbread Cookies
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. They make a delightful gift for the holidays.

Matcha Green Tea Cookies. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

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.

Chocolate Shortbread
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!

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

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.

Cardamon Shortbread Snowflakes
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).

Cardamom Shortbread Snowflake Cookies. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

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.

Chocolate Spiced Shortbread

Every year The Food Channel releases a new set of 12 recipes themed for the 12 Days of Christmas, and this year we chose to display them with the appropriate cookie jar to remind you that Christmas is for the kid in all of us. Here are our fun cookie jars, with matching recipes, perfect for putting on the counter for your family and guests to enjoy. Hint: cookie jars filled with homemade cookies make a terrific hostess gift, too!

Chocolate Spiced Shortbread Cookies. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Shortbread is on-trend and in-season, so spice it up a bit with a hint of chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg! Recipe here.

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