Slideshow: Happy Tartan Day! 12 Shortbread Recipes We Love

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread
Chocolate Dipped Shortbread
Made with just a few basic ingredients, shortbread proves that you don't need a bunch of gadgets to make great desserts. These cookies are firm but easy to bite through, with a slightly sandy texture and a strong buttery flavor. Dipping the ends in melted dark chocolate takes them to the next level.

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Honey-Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Honey-Lavender Shortbread Cookies
This recipe from Tina Casaceli of Milk & Cookies is surprisingly simple but yields unexpectedly spectacular results. Perfectly buttery, crumbly, and a little bit salty, these cookies are studded with dried lavender and sweetened with fragrant honey.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shortbread Bars
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shortbread Bars
Imagine if your favorite peanut butter cups had an added layer of peanutty shortbread on the bottom. Well, that's exactly what these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shortbread Bars are all about. These bars are part candy, part cookie—when cut into tiny squares, they bring to mind fun-size candy bars.

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Tweed Cakes
Tweed Cakes
The base of these cookies is a buttery, vanilla-scented shortbread that tastes, as the name would imply, akin to vanilla birthday cake. The toffee adds the buttery flavor of caramel, and they both meld well with the smooth milk chocolate. A final hint of salt makes the flavors really stand out.

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Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies
Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies
Made with four simple ingredients—flour, sugar, salt, and butter— shortbread cookies seem like the baguettes of the cookie world. And like a crusty baguette with a warm meal, there's just something comforting about a good shortbread cookie. With this adjusted recipe, gluten-free folks can enjoy them too!

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Pistachio Millionaire's Shortbread with Coriander Butterscotch
Pistachio Millionaire's Shortbread with Coriander Butterscotch
Millionaire's Shortbread is one of those "I can't believe we ate the whole thing" desserts that's not to be taken lightly. This version incorporates ground pistachios and lemon zest into the cookie dough for a rich and nutty shortbread base. Not only does it make for a gorgeous dish, but it's nearly impossible to resist inhaling a batch of these warm, gooey, caramel and chocolate-slathered butter cookies.

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Salted Caramel Shortbread Cups
Salted Caramel Shortbread Cups
These tender, buttery shortbread cups are filled with homemade caramel sauce and sprinkled with coarse sea salt. When you take a bite, the soft shortbread shell easily gives way to a flood of caramel. The salty-sweet combination is addictive.

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White Chocolate Ginger Shortbread Crumble Ice Cream
White Chocolate Ginger Shortbread Crumble Ice Cream
Simply put, shortbread and white chocolate belong together. They play up the flavors of butter better than either could alone. The heat from the ginger builds slowly, cutting the sweetness of the white chocolate, then lingers for a few seconds before slipping quietly away. If you love white chocolate, this is the ice cream for you. And if you don't, it's the ice cream that'll change your mind.

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Shortbread Cookies from <em>Sarabeth's Bakery</em>
Shortbread Cookies from Sarabeth's Bakery
This recipe from Sarabeth's Bakery yields super light and flaky shortbread with just the slightest hint of lemon zest. Unlike other recipes that can get overly cakey and crumbly to the point of falling apart, these roll out thin and bake up tender. The cookies are finished with a sprinkling of sugar immediately after they come out of the oven. The heat from the cookies adheres the sugar to the tops, giving them a tiny sugar crust.

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