short·​bread | \ˈshȯrt-ˌbred \

Definition of shortbread 

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

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An example is the impromptu community that sprung up on Instagram Stories this past winter around a cookie — sorry, the cookie: Alison Roman’s salted chocolate chunk shortbread cookies from her debut cookbook, Dining In. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "‘Stories’ was Instagram’s smartest move yet," 8 Aug. 2018 These addictive little devils have a shortbread-like quality — crunchy, then melting on the tongue — but are made with olive oil, not butter, and the intriguing addition of red wine. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Milk Punch with Sesame Cookies," 29 Nov. 2012 This Kölsch-style ale from Inglewood’s Three Weav3rs has a golden hue, shortbread-like malts, a dash of lemon, hints of pear and a peppery edge. Peter Rowe,, "In historic first, San Diego's SouthNorte partners with Tijuana brewery," 21 June 2018 One of the more popular recipes is lemon lavender shortbread, Moudry said, which gives kids the chance to crush the lavender and zest the lemon. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Have picky eaters in your home? Take them to cooking class," 3 July 2018 Layer one-third of the ice cream in a container (at least 1-quart, with a lid), then half the strawberries and half the shortbread. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Homemade strawberry shortcake ice cream a magical summer treat," 13 June 2018 Cashmere Ousside was made with the relatively new Cashmere hop, a blend between Cascade and Northern Brewer hops that gives the beer a tropical and floral flavor profile that slightly clashed with the shortbread. Daniel Barnes, sacbee, "Thin Mints and beer? Pairing Girl Scout cookies with craft brews an unusual treat | The Sacramento Bee," 1 Apr. 2018 Roman’s decision to beat salted butter into her shortbread wasn’t so calculated. Charlotte Druckman, sacbee, "In a churn of events, salted butter is back | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 DESSERT Gold Tsunami's chef Salita Natasine Ginger honey berry sorbet, black tea shortbread cookies dipped in white chocolate ganache with strawberry dust. Ann Maloney,, "Going to a NOWFE's grand tasting? The winning dishes are....," 22 May 2018

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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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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