MacLeod Shortbread

My mom’s grandfather is originally from Scotland. While there aren’t many traditions from the MacLeod family still in our family today one has continued to be a tradition and the making of shortbread. I have so many wonderful memories of my mom baking these when I was growing up and now I am excited about eventually making these for my daughter.

Having family traditions is wonderful way to create a sense of identity. As our society becomes more and more multicultural it is important for us to not loose that sense of individuality. Whether it comes from old family traditions that can be traced back generations or just a simple family tradition that you started two years ago, having that helps us feel more secure in who we are. Helping to create a strong sense of comfort and nostalgia that we often lean to when we are adults. It’s something that your children will treasure when they are older, so if you have old family traditions or if you don’t, find something and make it your own special family tradition.


MacLeod Shortbread

1 c. butter
1/3 c. cornstarch
2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar

Melt the butter in a sauce pan.

Add the flour, cornstarch and sugar and mix together.

Tip dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat out into a large rectangle about 1 1/2 inches thick.

Cut into rectangles cookies.

Bake on a baking sheet at 170C (325F) until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.

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3 Responses to MacLeod Shortbread

  1. Jeremy H says:

    Interestingly, Emmy said her mum#39;s McCulloch recipe uses icing sugar instead of sugar. Could be interesting to see if there#39;s a difference. I#39;m SURE they#39;re equally delicious… they#39;re shortbread! ;D hope morgan enjoys shortbread as much as the rest of us!

  2. Jeremy H says:

    Sorry I meant her recipe is identical aside from using icing sugar…

  3. Laura Hunter says:

    I would be intrigued to try them, sounds delicious.

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