short·​bread | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌbred How to pronounce shortbread (audio) \

Definition of shortbread

: a thick cookie made of flour, sugar, and a large amount of shortening

Examples of shortbread in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside, the bottom is lined with a chocolate shortbread cookie and filled with a bittersweet chocolate mousse and a chocolate egg custard. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 29 Jan. 2021 One consequence, since Gottlieb’s was the only kosher bakery, was that snack time at day camp was bug juice and a thick, dense Gottlieb’s shortbread cookie. New York Times, "My Search for Lost Time in a Slice of Jewish Rye," 19 Jan. 2021 To make the shortbread, in a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cookies make the holidays merry: 5 great recipes," 9 Dec. 2020 This coffee is then blended into a dough that is similar to shortbread: buttery, crumbly and rich. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cookies make the holidays merry: 5 great recipes," 9 Dec. 2020 This recipe is my take on Indian karachi biscuits, beloved shortbread cookies studded with tutti frutti, that are usually served as an accompaniment to chai. Washington Post, "Tutti frutti makes these buttery orange cookies look and taste like a party," 2 Dec. 2020 Many Palestinians are finding joy this year in baking at home, preparing the traditional Christmas sweet ghraybeh, the Levantine version of shortbread cookies – crumbly, buttery, and often decorated with a pistachio on the top. Fatima Abdulkarim, The Christian Science Monitor, "In tourist-free Bethlehem, a tranquil Christmas focused on family," 23 Dec. 2020 Other stand outs were Missouri's and Virginia's love for snickerdoodle cookies, as well as Florida and Tennessee's seeming obsession with shortbread cookies. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "The Most Popular Holiday Cookies on Instagram in Every Southern State," 22 Dec. 2020 Dorie Greenspan’s lemon-poppy seed shortbread is another popular choice. Washington Post, "8 sweet and savory shortbread cookies to pair with tea, coffee or wine," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of shortbread

1801, in the meaning defined above

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7 Feb 2021

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“Shortbread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shortbread

: a thick cookie made of flour, sugar, and a lot of butter or other shortening

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