While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Today's celebration is short and sweet - January 6 is National Shortbread Day!
Buttery, crumbly shortbread is a sweet treat indeed for a cold winter's day. Dunk a bit of that in your morning coffee to induce some instant bliss.
Shortbread is a type of leavened cookie simply made with flour, sugar and butter. (Hey, there's nothing wrong with simple if it tastes amazing!)
It's usually cut into points, oblong fingers or baked into individual rounds, all for excellent dipping and munching purposes. You can make your own scrumptious shortbread or wait for the Girl Scout Trefoils to come around.
A classic Scottish dessert, shortbread evolved from the typical (and dreaded) medieval biscuit, which was twice-baked and a wee bit dry. Luckily, actual shortbread became a "refined" luxury in the 1500s, thanks to Mary, Queen of Scots - but, it was expensive and reserved for Christmas, New Year's Eve and weddings.
In some parts of Scotland, it's tradition to break a shortbread over the head of a new bride - but let's hope the marriage doesn't crumble quite as easily.
Wonderful. I know just where to get a nice coconut shortbread.
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