The name “shortbread” comes from shortening, the primary
ingredient in this dessert that was once reserved for
Christmas but is now enjoyed on any and every occasion.
Like many traditional desserts, shortbread has been with us
for centuries. Ancient records trace this simply prepared, yet
rich and satisfying sweet cookie as far back as Medeival
and Elizabethan Times.
In all likelihood, an early version of shortbread was first
prepared by the lower class European dairy farmers of
ancient times, who made butter a part of their daily
consumption long before the noblemen would deem it
acceptable fare. In those times, shortbread had yet to earn
its name and was actually made with oat flour instead of
wheat flour as it is today.
Some say that Queen Elizabeth was the first to popularize
the partaking of shortbread and other sweet morsels with
afternoon tea. As the story goes, the Queen had a yen for tea
and a light dessert one day, ordering her servants to
prepare a tray that she could enjoy alone in her private
sitting room. Queen Elizabeth took such a liking to this ritual
that she soon began inviting guests to indulge along with
her, and “afternoon tea and cookies” went on to become an
While Queen Liz may have immortalized the
tea-and-cookies ritual, Scotland took credit for the
shortbread recipe, hence the label “Traditional Scottish
Shortbread” that’s used by so many modern-day shortbread
companies. The famous shortbread recipe traveled along
with the many Anglo Europeans who migrated to the
States… and went on to become a New England favorite.
Next time you feel like raising a tea cup to your European
heritage, why not do it with a bit of authentic shortbread from
the Vermont Shortbread Company.
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