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National Shortbread Day (January 6)

Check out the weird holiday National Shortbread Day on January 6. Learn the history of National Shortbread Day, as well as get ideas on how to celebrate.

One weird holiday on January 6 is National Shortbread Day. Check out the other weird January holidays!

History of National Shortbread Day

Shortbread day is a weird holiday that celebrates the Scottish dessert. We’re not sure when it became a holiday exactly, but we know about its history!

Shortbread is traditionally made of sugar, butter, and flour (at a 1:2:3 ratio), but many modern recipes use a mix of granulated and powdered sugar with a dash of salt.

The word “short” for shortbread doesn’t reference the length, but rather because of its crumbly texture taht is caused by shortening (aka, any fat that causes the short/crumbly texture).

Mary, Queen of Scots, is credited with the creation of shortbread during the 16th century, but it was actually being made as early as the 12th century (along with windmills, spectacles, and gunpowder). It was very expensive to make and was considered a luxury for the wealthy on special occasions.

Shortbread is even featured in William Shakespeare’s play “The Merry Wives of Windsor” which was written in the 17th century.

Shortbread has mostly been prominent in Scotland and northern Britain, where there are many traditions associated with it. Once such tradition occurs in Shetland, where shortbread is broken over a bride’s head as she enters her new home!

Nowadays, we celebrate shortbread on January 6th.

Ideas to Celebrate National Shortbread Day

The best way to celebrate Shortbread Day is by buying some shortbread, or by making some yourself! Here are a bunch of recipes you’re sure to enjoy.

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