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National Shortbread Day

January 6

When is National Shortbread Day?

National Shortbread Day happens on Saturday January 6, 2024.

Sweet Simplicity: Celebrating National Shortbread Day

January 6th marks a day dedicated to a classic treat that stands out for its simplicity and rich, buttery flavor – National Shortbread Day. This is a day to honor a beloved biscuit that has graced tea times and dessert trays with understated elegance.

The Shortbread Story:

  • Scottish Origins: Shortbread began as a medieval “biscuit bread” that evolved from leftover dough, crisped and hardened into a rusk, and eventually refined into the high-class delight known as Scottish shortbread.
  • A Royal Favorite: Its association with Christmas and Hogmanay (the Scottish New Year) was popularized in the 16th century, especially under the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, who adored Petticoat Tails – a thin, crispy, circular shortbread with segments.

Why We Love Shortbread:

  • The Power of Three: Comprising just three foundational ingredients – sugar, butter, and flour – this biscuit’s beauty lies in its simplicity and the quality of its ingredients.
  • Versatility in Baking: Whether dipped in chocolate, infused with lavender, or enjoyed in its purest form, shortbread’s adaptability makes it a canvas for culinary creativity.

Ways to Celebrate:

  1. Bake and Share: What better way to celebrate than by baking your own shortbread and sharing it with friends, family, or coworkers?
  2. A Pastry Chef’s Dream: For the ambitious bakers, experimenting with variations in flavorings, shapes, and decorations can give a personal twist to the traditional recipe.

National Shortbread Day is more than an occasion; it’s an invitation to appreciate the finer, simpler things in life. It encourages us to pause for a moment of indulgence, to enjoy the company of others over a biscuit that requires little but delivers much in terms of pleasure and satisfaction.

When does National Shortbread Day happen next year?

National Shortbread Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Monday January 6, 2025
  • Tuesday January 6, 2026
  • Wednesday January 6, 2027
  • Thursday January 6, 2028
  • Saturday January 6, 2029


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