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Grandmothers know best: an illustrated family recipe for shortbread cookies

It wouldn't be a Pittsburgh wedding without a cookie table. But why keep the tradition exclusive to happy couples? In the spirit of the season, Pittsburgh City Paper is celebrating the holiday cookie table. We’re reviewing bakery favorites, family recipes, and grocery store staples until the table is full.

Shortbread Cookies
An illustrated family recipe


This shortbread cookie was always my favorite on the family cookie plate, passed around my grandmother’s table every holiday season.

My grandmother recently mailed me this recipe and I was surprised by how short and simple it was. My memory is a nutty-flavored, perfectly textured, slightly crumbly cookie. Of course, all of this is made possible by butter … you can never go wrong with butter.

I prefer these to be cold — most likely because they were stored in a tin in my grandmother's cool den all season. Paired with a cup of tea or coffee as a dessert or in the mid-afternoon, these cookies might not look like much but are a perfect three bites in my book.

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