National Shortbread Day

National Shortbread Day is observed next on Monday, January 6th, 2025 (317 days from today).

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Short bread is a traditional Scottish dessert usually made with:

  • 1 part white sugar
  • 2 servings of butter
  • 3 servings of flour

Modern recipes differ from the 3-ingredient rule by dividing the sugar into equal parts of granulated sugar and powdered sugar and adding salt. White flour (wheat) is commonly used. However, some bakers use milled rice or cornstarch to alter the texture.

Short bread is famous for its crumbling texture. The high fat content provided by butter results in a short breadcrumb. “Shorten” refers to any fat that can be added to give a “short” (crumb) texture.

History of Shortbread Day

If you are unaware of the history of short bread, it has medieval roots and it is said that Mary, Queen of Scotland, created modern short bread recipe in the 16th century by adding sugar. We cannot verify whether the story is true or not.

It sounds like one of those popular legends like George Washington's cherry tree, but for all we know it can actually be based on reality. Scotland has been inseparable from short bread since the 18th century. After all, the first printed recipe for short bread was published by a Mrs. McLintock in 1736, and the association has been together ever since there.

While the mid-18th century was a pivotal period in Scottish history, even mundane things like a recipe became a mark of national identity. Therefore, we would say that short sandwiches are delicious and deserve such honor.

January 6 is known as the National Short Bread Day in a number of countries and many families around the world will mark the occasion by savoring their favorite short bread.

How to celebrate Shortbread Day

The best way to celebrate National Short Bread Day is to make short breads in some ways. Yes, you get those little boxes of imported Scottish short bread at some specialty stores, but why not make your own or host a short bread party?

The way to make short bread isn't really that difficult, with most recipes basically consisting of one part sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour. Of course, you can also add a variety of different things to that as well. Anything from dried fruit to chocolate crumbs to lavender, but the basic recipe remains the same.

Given the fact that it's simple and easy to test, we don't think there's really any reason not to make some delicious shortbreads for International Short Bread Day.

We heard you say, "You don't have a shortbread recipe, how can I make it?” Well, we included a short bread recipe just so that reason will not stop you from actually making and enjoying short bread.

Therefore, here are:

  • 2 1/4 cup (12oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (4oz) sugar
  • 1 cup (8oz) of butter

Preheat your oven at 375 ° F / 190 ° C and mix all ingredients together until they form a hard dough. You should add any additional ingredients like chocolate or lavender crumbs at this stage; does not make much difference whether you mix by hand or use a mixer. Thin the dough and form circles then form a triangle and poke with a fork to prevent bubbles. You can also use short bread molds. Bake for 25-30 minutes and sprinkle sugar as soon as you take it out of the oven. Amazing, you have your own short breads to celebrate National Short Bread Day.


National Shortbread Day has been observed annually on January 6th.


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