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Really Perfect Shortbread

When it comes to shortbread, I’m a purest. I don’t really pander to things IN shortbread other than butter, sugar, flour and salt. I don’t even like it dipped in chocolate! I’m weird, I know. But there’s just something reverent in those 4 ingredients that come together into a perfect, crisp, buttery biscuit that I would choose over a chocolate chip cookie every time. Something that shouldn’t really be messed with.

The standard by which I hold all shortbread to is Walker’s Shortbread, made in Scotland. This is where the recipe originated, and no one does it quite like them. For the past two years, I’ve been chasing that white rabbit, trying to replicate their recipe. I’m not there yet. I posted a pretty good try just after Big Summer Potluck, along with two other cookies that I took with me to that event.

Since then, I’ve done a lot of trial and error. I’ve looked at hundreds of shortbread recipes. I think I’m closer to Walker’s than ever before. So now I’m giving it to you. I want to know what you think of this recipe. I want to know what your sweetheart thinks of this recipe. Baked in a heart-shaped shortbread mold, it’s a perfect homemade gift for Valentine’s Day.

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Simon Spencer

Monday 14th of September 2015

I love walkers and I will try. Make these at the weekend. Have you updated your recipe since the original post?

Amrita

Tuesday 15th of October 2013

Hi, I tried your recipe as I love the starbucks cookies! But I think the cookies suffered from too much butter and were too crumbly. I am not sure if this was because my cookie-thickness was different from yours or because I used part millet flour. Either way they did not turn out right :( Will try again :)

printhaa

Friday 26th of October 2012

Good day Amber :) Do you mind to share the recipe in metrics form, grams? thanks! ~printhaa

Amy

Monday 27th of August 2012

Do you use cold butter or room temp butter? Thanks, Amy

Renaire

Wednesday 20th of June 2012

OMG I compare every shortbread I eat to Walker's, specifically Walker's Pure Butter Highlanders (which they supply to Starbucks). These things are dremy! Have you had Highlanders and are your shortbreads similar to them or Walker's regular shortbreads?

http://www.walkersus.com/product/Highlanders/23192.aspx