Several weeks ago I received the most surprising email. It was from a very nice lady named Brittany who introduced herself as a publicist for “Walker’s Shortbread”. This immediately caught my attention and I’m going to tell you why;
I LOVE SHORTBREAD - WE ALL LOVE SHORTBREAD in my house.
Seriously, I think of all the cookies we eat it’s probably our favorite. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s the simplicity of them. Perhaps it’s because they’re not overly sweet or maybe it’s because one of their only four ingredients is butter; lots of lovely, wonderful, intoxicating butter.
The second thing was the fact we weren’t talking just ANY shortbread. No we were talking Walker’s which happens to be the ONLY store bought shortbread we buy when I prefer not to make it. Give you one guess why….
You guessed it. Written in big bold print on the front of every box are words that are magic to my ears “All Natural Ingredients”. (do you hear angels? I could swear I hear angels….like a choir of them. No? Hmm must be my hearing.)
Ok sure you’re thinking, “Uh Tara do you realize how many products say “all natural” and when you look at the ingredients you can’t read half of them?” Yes you have a point but not here, I took a picture of the short list here “wheat four (yes wheat not white), sugar, butter, salt”. All natural, not even vanilla. (there it is again, those angels… you still don’t hear them?). There aren’t many varieties of shortbread you can actually purchase and the other popular one is that L-Doodle kind. Read the ingredients on that and I promise that will NEVER be in my shopping cart. (No offense to those who do like them and buy them. I totally respect your style.)
Anyway Brittany or someone at Walker’s somehow stumbled on my post Banana Pudding post from last year and loved that I had used shortbread instead of the typical vanilla
papers wafers. (there was a reason, check out the post to find out why.)
Ok so here’s where you’re thinking this was a big old pitch on her part right. Wrong. Besides, I don’t do “pitches”. If I’m going to put time and energy into writing a post about a product, it’s going to be for a product I use and believe in and simply want to.
With the same integrity and style the Walker family run their business, Brittany simple offered to send me a “sampling” of Walkers treats to amuse my imagination and “dabble in more shortbread recipes”, as she put it.
Dabble?? How about dive in and let my imagination drown in ideas.
I figured they’d send me a couple of boxes and happily agreed. A week later I got a rather large box on my doorstep full of Walker’s cookies; cookies I had no idea they even made.
Ok if you’re not hearing the angel choir now, trust me, the neighbors heard it that day. (either that or it was my screech with delight).
There were two boxes of everything they sent which included Raspberry Thin and Lemon Shortbread, as well as a chocolate shortbread cookie buscuit. I had no idea they even MADE chocolate cookies.
Now Prince Charming (FKA WizKid) loves regular shortbread and although I told both him and Mr. Sweet Butter they were NOT to eat these, I did acquiesce to letting them try ONE each of the newer varieties. When Charming bit into the Highlanders shortbread (below) he stated they were the best cookies he had ever had and promply swore he was going to visit Scotland and tell the Walker family exactly that in person.
However, when he tried the chocolate biscuits he nearly melted to the floor and declared, forget visiting, he was MOVING to Scotland so he could have as many of these as he wanted, whenever he wanted. (Yes he gets his dramatics from me).
There is something to be said here about Charming though. He’s not your average feed-me-sugar-until-I-die kinda kid. He’s actually pretty picky and not big on desserts or fast food. He’ll happily skip dessert if he’s full or there’s nothing on the menu that suits his fancy. Charming simply won’t eat candy and sugar just because it’s there. So for him to make statements about cookies (albeit a bit over the top), was worth taking note of.
They also make the cutest Scottie Dog Shortbread and use profits to help a good cause.
The Highland shortbread are different from the traditional in that they are sprinkled with crystal sugar.
Those Ginger Biscuits, yes I have something involving peaches planned for those beauties.
The regular are still our favorite, we’re a bit of traditionalists, and there are so many ideas in my head for the Raspberry Thins, I’ve had to hide them just to make sure they don’t mysteriously vanish before I narrow it down.
I knew the first thing to do was honor the Scottish tradition as a big thank you. It’ll have to do until someday I can check off “Visit Scotland” on my bucket list. I found a recipe for Scotch Mist and knew that was my winner.
A traditional Scotch Mist Dessert is named for the famous cold mists that cover the moors and lochs just preceding a rain storm. The dish is quite simple and is cream, strawberries or raspberries, meringues and of course Scotch whiskey. There are many ways to vary the recipe so it’s certainly something one can get creative with.
I wanted to give these a little flare and flavor so the Lemon Shortbread Thins were the call of the day. I could have eaten this box whole and actually hated breaking them up because they were so pretty. I should have asked Brittany what the designs on the cookies represented. They look very Celtic.
Strawberries were a plenty and I had purchased several flats earlier in the week. Raspberries would have been amazing but honestly I could buy a new car for what those little red berries are going for these days. Is there a coup on the plants? Regardless the strawberries were honored.
From start to finish the whole dish took about 15 minutes if that. But it does require a good chill in the fridge which honestly allowed all the flavors to mingle, get to know each other, form lasting bonds. One thing I would do differently next time, is leave the cookies out until ready to serve and mix them in after the big chill. They didn’t get soggy in the fridge but I only left them for about an hour or so. Over night I could potentially see that happening. On the flip side the Scotch really has a chance to set in overnight and the flavor improves.
Now this isn’t probably something for the little peeps in your life but easy enough to separate the batch in half just before adding the Scotch and making a non-alcoholic version of it.
Thank you Brittany and thank you Joseph Walker and family for the lovely gift. I am so looking forward to making the other recipes I have planned.
Shortbread are really easy to make but when I don’t have time or need something pretty these are the only ones we go for.
- 1½ cups Double cream or heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons Good Scotch whiskey
- 1 cup Shortbread cookies, largely broken
- 2 tablespoons Powdered sugar
- 3 cups Strawberries or raspberries, chopped
- In a large mixer, whip the cream, sugar and whiskey until firm.
- Fold in fruit and shortbread.
- Spoon additional fruit in the bottom of a serving glass (optional).
- Add Scotch Mist mixture.
- Chill at least 30 minutes.