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Mar 13, 2010 08:33 AM

Favorite Shortbread Flavor?

I'm planning on making shortbread for St. Patrick's day - both for me and hubby, as well as to bring to work (about 15 coworkers). I was toying with doing a variety of flavors, and am trying to figure out what ones to do. So far, my ideas are

Cheddar (for a bit of savory)

Any other favorite flavors or recipes that you would recommend?

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  1. I've been experimenting for some time.
    The hits have been:
    Rosemary & orange peel
    Honey & lavendar
    Vanilla bean
    Ginger bits and pecans
    Ground black pepper
    Ground pistachio
    Parm cheese & basil shreds
    Smoked paprika

    4 Replies
    1. re: HillJ

      Mm, that candied ginger and pecan combo sounds divine.

      1. re: Memily_G

        One of my favs too!

        And, the whole tea leaf series was a big hit with company.

        1. re: HillJ

          huh, interesting - how does that work?

          Do you put in leaves from a box of loose tea like follows?

          1. re: Memily_G


            Like this :) Lots of variations; include green tea powder works well.

      1. My signature shortbread is Earl Grey and orange zest, and that's always a hit. I also like black pepper and vanilla.If you've never tried the lavender, though, do.

        1. Can anyone recommend a good base recipe for adding ingredients to?

          2 Replies
          1. re: Memily_G


            I've road tested quite a few recipes and happily settled on Nigella Lawson's shortbread cookie; beautifully adaptable as seen here. Enjoy!

            1. re: HillJ

              I'll take that to heart. Thanks!

          2. I'd have to say plain, maybe with a bit of vanilla. I love shortbread, but am always disappointed when I bite into a flavored one.