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National Shortbread Day

Celebrate National Shortbread Day with delicious treats! Bake up a batch of classic shortbread cookies or try something new with our yummy recipes.
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January 6
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Get ready to celebrate National Shortbread Day on Jan. 6! This delicious treat has been enjoyed for centuries and has a long, interesting history. It's believed that shortbread was first served in Scotland during medieval times and was originally made with oats, flour, sugar and butter. Over the years, the recipe has evolved to include different spices and ingredients like nuts or dried fruit. Whether you prefer classic shortbread or something more modern and creative, this is the perfect day to indulge in your favorite variety!

History of National Shortbread Day

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National Shortbread Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>12th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Shortbread's Early Origins</div><div class='timeline-text'>Shortbread originated in Scotland during the 12th century. It was originally a type of bread, hence the name.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>16th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Popularized by Mary, Queen of Scots</div><div class='timeline-text'>Mary, Queen of Scots, popularized shortbread in the 16th century. Her court's version of the cookie was refined and made with higher quality ingredients.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>19th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Industrial Production Begins</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, shortbread started to be produced on a large scale.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>20th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Walker's Shortbread Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>Walker's shortbread, a well-known shortbread maker from Scotland, was founded in the early 20th century and made shortbread popular worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1984</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Shortbread Day Introduced</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first National Shortbread Day was celebrated in 1984, as a day to appreciate this delicious Scottish treat.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Shortbread is Now Gourmet</div><div class='timeline-text'>In recent years, gourmet variations of shortbread with additions like lavender, rosemary, and matcha have become popular, showcasing the treat's continued evolution.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Shortbread Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake your own shortbread</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Shortbread is one of the easiest cookies to make and it's perfect for National Shortbread Day. All you need is some butter, sugar, flour, and vanilla extract. Mix, form into logs or circles, then bake for about 15 minutes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go out for shortbread</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look for a bakery that specializes in shortbread. You can search for shortbread on Yelp and find the nearest place to get your shortbread fix. Who knows, you might even find a shortbread-inspired dessert or cocktail.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a shortbread house</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family and make a gingerbread house out of shortbread cookies! You'll need a template, some royal icing, and lots of candy decorations. This is the perfect activity to get everyone in the holiday spirit.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Give shortbread as gifts</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Sharing is caring! Bake up some extra shortbread cookies for your friends and family. Wrap them up in festive packaging with a nice card and give them away as gifts to spread some holiday cheer.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a shortbread decorating party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for a decoration party! Everyone can bring their own supplies (cookie cutters, icing, sprinkles) and decorate their own creations. At the end of the night everyone can take home their creations as mementos of National Shortbread Day.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Shortbread Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Shortbread is delicious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Shortbread is a classic biscuit that has been enjoyed all around the world for centuries. Rich, buttery and crumbly, it's the perfect treat to indulge in anytime of the day. Shortbread makes a great accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee, or can be served as an after-dinner treat with ice cream or fruits!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Shortbread is easy to make</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>If you're feeling creative, why not try making your own shortbread? It's surprisingly simple and requires just three basic ingredients - butter, flour and sugar. Plus, you can customize it with whatever flavorings or toppings you like!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Shortbread comes in all shapes & sizes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether you're looking for bite sized pieces or traditional triangles, there is a shortbread shape out there to fit everyone's taste! You can even experiment with festive holiday shapes like stars and snowflakes during the winter months. Or why not make giant rounds of your favorite recipe for a fun twist on the traditional cookie? No matter what shape you choose, one thing's for sure - it will be delectable!</p></div></div>

5 Facts About Scottish Shortbread

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Shortbread Originated in Scotland</h3><p class='facts-content'>Shortbread is a traditional Scottish biscuit, dating back to the medieval period, and was initially a luxury for special occasions and festivals.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Shortbread was Inspired by a Medieval Biscuit Bread</h3><p class='facts-content'>Shortbread originated from a medieval biscuit bread that was twice-baked, enriched with spices and sugar, and hardened into a rusk, possibly due to the high dairy fat content.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Shortbread Biscuit Shapes have Symbolic Meanings</h3><p class='facts-content'>In Scotland, shortbread is traditionally formed into one of three shapes: rounds, fingers or petticoat tails, each with their own historical and symbolic meanings.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Shortbread was Considered a Festive Food</h3><p class='facts-content'>Because of its costly ingredients, shortbread was often reserved for important celebrations such as Christmas, weddings, and New Year’s (Hogmanay).</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Mary, Queen of Scots is Associated with Shortbread</h3><p class='facts-content'>Mary, Queen of Scots was known for her love of shortbread, particularly thinner pieces that were cooked slowly until nearly dry, known as "shortbread fennel."</p></div></div>

National Shortbread Day FAQs

When is National Shortbread Day?

National Shortbread Day is celebrated on January 6 every year. In 2024 National Shortbread Day will occur on a Saturday.

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