A short history of Shortbread

Shortbread roundBritain has a rich culinary history, with regions across the country having given rise to some of the world’s most famous foods. Shortbread, now enjoyed the world over, is a Scottish export with roots that can be traced as far back as the 12th Century. The refinement of the recipe is attributed to Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th Century, and the first printed recipe came from a Scotswoman named Mrs McLintock in 1736.

Traditionally enjoyed as a festive treat in Scotland, shortbread has kept its Christmassy connotations whilst still being enjoyed year-round. The biscuit’s distinctive look comes from being baked at a low enough temperature to keep the mixture from browning. Once cooked, shortbread is usually white to light golden brown.

Whilst shapes such as oblong fingers and round biscuits are traditional, other shapes such as love hearts are very popular today. In Shetland, it is traditional to break a decorated shortbread over the head of a new bride as she enters her new home.

We offer both traditional and modern heart-shaped shortbread designs to suit any occasion. Take a look around our website for more information.