It’s said that Mary Queen of Scots’ fondness for shortbread is the reason for its increased popularity since the 1500s. Nowadays, this buttery treat is loved by everyone around the world, so much so that January 6 has been declared National Shortbread Day!
Crumbly, mildly sweet and deliciously buttery, Scottish shortbread is definitely the perfect year-round treat. Shortbread is as basic and as simple as a cookie can get, but is never short on being divinely scrumptious. Don’t confuse them with butter cookies thought!
While they both have a lot of butter in them, especially compared to other cookies, butter cookies use more flour and sugar. They also bake at higher temperatures and tend to hold their consistency and shape when baked.
Shortbread cookies, on the other hand, have a higher ratio of butter to flour and bake at a lower temperature. This give’s the cookie its signature crumbly. melt in your mouth consistency.