Irish Shortbread Cookies
This easy recipe will show you how to make some Irish shortbread cookies. These are so easy to make and go very well with your afternoon tea or morning elevenses.
Shortbread is traditionally a Scottish biscuit. It is produced in large numbers in the UK and exported all over the globe, most often in tins with some sort of Scottish tartan on the outside.
In fact, there was a bit of an uproar a few years ago when Walkers, one of the large producers, starting selling one of its shortbread products abroad with the Union Jack flag instead of the Scottish saltire. This did not go down well with their loyal Scottish customers and they had no choice but to change it back to a tartan packaging!
However, butter shortbread is actually made and consumed all over Britain and Ireland. In this recipe, I have used all Irish ingredients, Irish butter and flour, and I made them in Ireland, which I reckon, makes them Irish shortbread 🙂
Shortbread is rich in butter and sugar and probably not the food you would want to eat if you are on a diet – but I suppose that is why it tastes so good! All the good stuff tends to be less than healthy.
But sometimes we all need a treat, even just to keep us going until the next hot meal.
How to cut shortbread?
These biscuits can be shaped any way you like, but the traditional way is to cut into fingers or rounds. You may want to experiment with different thicknesses until you have perfected them, but beware, they are quite crumbly.
Sprinkling the cookies with sugar is not really essential but I think it does make them look better (as well as adding even more calories !)
I hope you enjoy this little snack and look forward to hearing how you get on. Leave feedback in the comments section below!
How to make Irish Shortbread cookies