Butter, flour, sugar, salt. It’s like the guitar, bass, drums of cookies. Shortbread tells you to leave the keyboard out of it. Because of its starkness, some people find shortbread abrasive and off-putting. It’s a serious cookie, eaten slowly between sips of a hot beverage. I wouldn’t bring a plate of these to family reunion picnic—face it, you’re the black sheep anyway, so why make it any harder on yourself?
I tried a seemingly popular shortbread recipe on VegWeb and it didn’t come out like shortbread at all, sorta puffy and sans, how you say, flavor? But Destiny’s Vegan Kitchen’s recipe worked marvelously. It’s called Smel’s Shortbread in honor of her sister (nickname), which reminded me of a gross sandwich I thought up: smelt melt. I’ve never had a tuna melt or smelt, but this just sounds like the most disgusting thing ever. Sorry, DVK’s sister.