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 The seafood towers are impressive and the martinis are ice-cold, but toasted coconut cream pie with a shortbread crust is the only way to round out dinner in this panoramic dining room. Mike Sutter,, "Critics pick: 25 best San Antonio restaurant dishes of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 Incorporate the two into this tasty twist on the classic shortbread cookie from Officially Gluten Free. Christina Oehler,, "7 Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies That Santa Would Definitely Approve Of," 11 Dec. 2019 About half of the desserts are made in house, including tiramisu ($9) and the crostata, an Italian shortbread pie filled with apples, pears, and a sprinkle of cinnamon, served with local honey and gelato., "Olivia’s Bistro dishes upscale Italian in Nonantum - The Boston Globe," 24 Oct. 2019 There are fragrant turmeric, coriander and makrut lime shortbread cookies, and pandan coconut butterscotch cookies with Maldon salt., "Pastry chef celebrates Southeast Asia with profanely named bakery," 18 Oct. 2019 Fill the pan with sesame seeds for Pimiento Cheese Crackers, poppy seeds for these cheesy guys, or coarse sanding sugar for shortbread cookies. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "7 Ways to Use A Loaf Pan That Don't Involve Cake," 22 Oct. 2019 Tipsy Pecan Tart: Pecan pie infused with Dubliner Irish Whiskey and baked in a buttery shortbread shell. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "The new State Fair foods and where to find them," 20 Aug. 2019 Goldsmith’s featured desserts included butterscotch budino with Scottish shortbread or summer berry tarte with pickled peaches and creme fraiche sherbet. Michael Mayo,, "Trouble sorting out 250 Miami Spice options? Try these 9 restaurants," 1 Aug. 2019 A few minutes later, Genea eats Lorna Doone shortbread cookies and sips ginger ale through a straw. Mark Curnutte,, "4 addresses in 4 months: This is what poverty looks like for this Cincinnati family," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of shortbread

1801, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jan 2020

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“Shortbread.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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