These Halloween witch finger cookies are filled with a tart-sweet raspberry jam. Not only does it give them a bleeding effect when you bite in, but they're a lot more moist and flavorful to boot.
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Sure, most shortbread seems the same on the surface. But break one of these babies apart and you'll see glassy hunks of burnt sugar, and a speckling that comes from finely ground espresso. To further the freshly-roasted flavor, this recipe from Ovenly calls for two tablespoons of cold-brew coffee as well.
These blueberry crumb bars are the best of both the cookie and crumble worlds. An easy shortbread cookie base is covered with a layer of sweet blueberries then topped with an extra thick layer of buttery crumbs.
Sometimes, A Lighter Way to Bake doesn't mean cutting corners on everything. Rather than compromising the flavor of a good shortbread, a full stick of butter is used in this recipe. Sugar is what's skimped on here, but the modest amount included is all that's needed to set off the bold flavors of cardamom and ginger.
These pleasingly sandy rounds of shortbread are served alongside poached rhubarb and macerated strawberries for a bright and sunny hit of springtime that pair well with the buttery cookies.
These shortbread are like Irish soda bread in cookie form.
The crumbly shortbread base of these bars contrasts well with its tart lime filling; they're dense enough to be satisfying during the winter, but with enough tang to serve as a reminder that warmer days are ahead. A handful of toasted dried coconut sprinkled on top ties it all together.
French butter cookies (sables) are topped with the Middle Eastern spice blend za'atar for a savory-sweet snack that would be great as an hors d'oeuvre with wine.
These cookies feature sunny citrus, floral honey, toasty coriander, and lots and lots of wonderful butter.
With brown sugar for sweetness and turbinado sugar for crunch, this One Bowl Baking shortbread is crisp, yet rich, and can be cut into any holiday shape you like.
Crisp short bread cookies made with wild foraged hickory nuts.
This slice and bake shortbread with a crisp, sandy texture brings the bakeshop right into your kitchen.
Two layers of buttery crumb sandwich a sweet middle made from fresh raspberries.
This dessert comes out looking impressive, but it's as mind-blowingly simple as it is complexly delicious. It would make a gorgeous end to any outdoor early summer meal. The apricots and shortbread can be done a day or two ahead, and the sabayon completed right before serving.
These easy butter cookies make a cute addition to a bridal or baby shower.
There seems to be a variety of shortbread for every cook that's tried their hand at it. Cookfight features a recipe for zesty lemon shortbread fattened up with the toasty flavor of brown butter.
In these tropical bar cookies, a buttery shortbread base is topped with sweet guava paste, then finished with a lightly crunchy oat topping.
Aniseed is a flavor hallmark of Italian cooking. Though its taste can be divisive, an excellent way to win over fans would be to present them with a slice of Nigellissima's golden, crumbling, buttery, lightly-sweet aniseed shortbread.
These buttery shortbread coins are flavored with sweet-tart key limes.
Pour yourself a tall cup of coffee or tea and sit down to enjoy browned-butter pecan shortbread from Southern Living: Classic Southern Desserts. Minimal effort stands between you and crumbly, sweet, nutty delight.