As Robbie Burns Day happens in cold and dreary January, it’s a welcome celebration. We’ll put on some Celtic music and dress up the table with our Nova Scotia tartan tablecloth and have a traditional recipe.
But we’ll be serving the buttery shortbread cookies that MJ’s mum and Victoria’s grandmother always made. This recipe is called Great-great-grandmother’s Shortbread Cookies. It’s been in steady use for at least 150 years.
We went for round cut-outs this time and even a couple of ‘Scottie dogs’. Next year, more Scottie dogs.
Much as we love single malt whisky, we didn’t think it went with cookies.
Or use cookie cutters to make fancy shapes. We stayed with round. Poke little decorative holes with a fork.
Sprinkle with granulated sugar (optional)
By the way, you can make your shortbread a bit thicker, but they may need to bake a bit longer.
Butter Cream Icing
HAPPY ROBBIE BURNS DAY!
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