List of shortbread biscuits and cookies

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This is a list of shortbread biscuits and cookies. Shortbread is a type of biscuit or cookie traditionally made from one part sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour as measured by weight. Shortbread originated in Scotland; the first recorded recipe was by a Scotswoman named Mrs McLintock and printed in 1736.[1]

Several varieties of shortbread exist, including mass-produced shortbread. Some stray from the classic recipe by adding ground rice or cornflour or cornstarch in addition to white wheat flour to alter the texture. Others may add salt to the ingredients, or split the sugar into equal parts granulated sugar and icing or powdered sugar.

Shortbread biscuits and cookies[edit]

  • Berger Cookies – made and distributed by DeBaufre Bakeries, they are topped with a thick layer of chocolate fudge that derives from a German recipe, and are a cultural icon of Baltimore, Maryland.[2] Its recipe was brought to America from Germany by George and Henry Berger in 1835.
  • Caramel shortbread – a biscuit confectionery item composed of a rectangular shortbread biscuit base topped with a very soft caramel filling and a milk chocolate topping.[3]
  • Countess – small, slightly sweet shortbread that is typical of French Guianan cuisine.
  • E.L. Fudge – an American snack food manufactured by the Keebler Company.[4]
  • Empire biscuit – a sweet biscuit popular in the United Kingdom, particularly Scotland, and other Commonwealth countries, it is also popular in Northern Ireland.
  • Ghoriba – a round, shortbread cookie prepared in the Maghreb and other parts of the Middle East.
  • Hallongrotta – a common Swedish cookie made with butter, flour, baking powder, sugar and vanilla, usually filled with raspberry jam.
  • Hello Panda – a brand of Japanese biscuit, manufactured by Meiji Seika.
  • Jammie Dodgers – a popular British biscuit, made from shortbread with a raspberry or strawberry flavoured jam filling. Currently produced by Burton's Biscuit Company at its factory in Llantarnam.
  • Jodenkoek – originating in the Netherlands, a big, flat, round shortbread cookie with a diameter of about 10 centimeters (4"). It is claimed to have been first baked in the 17th century,[5] and these cookies were advertised by bakeries as early as 1872.[6]
  • Kourabiedes – Greek shortbread.
  • Lorna Doone – a brand produced by Nabisco.[7]
  • Ma'amoul – a shortbread pastry in Arab countries filled with dates, pistachios or walnuts (or occasionally almonds, figs, or other fillings).
  • Nankhatai – shortbread biscuits popular in India and Pakistan.
  • Polvorón – a type of heavy, soft and very crumbly Spanish shortbread made of flour, sugar, milk, and nuts, specially almonds.
  • Qurabiya – a shortbread-type biscuit originating from Iranian Azerbaijan, usually made with ground almonds. Several regional variations exist.
  • Repostería – a Mexican type of shortbread-like cookie that is lightly baked and dipped into a cinnamon sugar blend until the cinnamon sugar surrounds the cookie.[8] These are often served with coffee or hot spiced Mexican chocolate.
  • Royal Dansk – a brand of butter cookie produced in Denmark by the Kelsen Group since 1966, and widely exported in a distinctive blue tin featuring an image of the Hjemstavnsgaard farmhouse on the island of Funen.
  • Sablé – a French round shortbread cookie that originates in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, in Sarthe.
  • Shrewsbury biscuits/cookies – Originated and are still made in the historic town of Shrewsbury, England. It is a rich shortbread made with butter, sugar, flour, egg and aroma, often enhanced with currants. The first Shrewsbury biscuits recipe was printed in London in 1658, in a book titled: 'The Compleat Cook'.
  • Sandies – a shortbread cookie. A commercial variety is manufactured by the Keebler Company.[9][10]
  • Trefoils – a small shortbread cookie with vanilla flavoring created for sale by Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • Viennese Whirls – a soft shortbread biscuit, commonly filled with buttercream and jam.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hyslop, Leah (October 9, 2013). "Potted histories: shortbread". The Telegraph. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "Best Of Baltimore: Best Cookie". Baltimore City Paper. September 13, 2000. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  3. ^ "Millionaires' shortbread". Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  4. ^ Milling and Baking News. Sosland Pub. 1988. p. 70.
  5. ^ Lotus Bakeries product website (in Dutch) Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ advertentie, Java-bode 27 April 1872
  7. ^ Smith, A. (2013). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. OUP USA. p. 520. ISBN 978-0-19-973496-2.
  8. ^ Clamp, Esther. "Reposteria (The Powdery Yummy Cookies) recipe - from the My Family's Best! A Collection of Recipes Family Cookbook". Retrieved 2010-10-28.
  9. ^ "Kellogg's recalls Keebler, Famous Amos cookies for undeclared peanut residue". Fox News. June 14, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  10. ^ Cruise, J. (2012). The Belly Fat Cure Sugar & Carb Counter. Hay House, Incorporated. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-4019-4081-2. Retrieved January 30, 2017.

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