National Shortbread Day

  • Author: Wescott
  • Occurence: January 6th
  • Categorie(s): FoodGeographic


How awesome is this... A tradition around eating a dessert!! The shortbread hails from Scotland, and has three ingredients traditionally: (1) part white sugar; (2) parts butter, (3) parts white flour. The butter makes it nice and crumbly, and it can be created in many shapes and sizes. In the modern, easy USA today, shortbread comes in the form of cookies most often, with chocolate or jelly squished between two wafters. But it is more common as a cake in Scotland. Side note: it's traditional in Scotland to break a shortbread cake over the bride's head as she crosses the threshold of her new home after the wedding.


The shortbread traces back to the twelfth century, but it was Mary, Queen of Scots, that made the recipe famous. It was considered a very expensive, fancy dessert back then, only reserved for special occasions.


You Need:
(1) part white sugar
(2) parts butter
(3) parts white flour

More modern interpretations of this recipe split the sugar between granulated and powdered sugar, and a bit of salt. I like to add a drop or two of vanilla extract.

Cooking time is around 30 minutes.


  1. Mix ingredients

  2. Bake for 30 minutes

  3. Enjoy