loves chocolate-chip shortbread, wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander, the clang of broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Association of Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers. Nancy and her family volunteer each fall at the New Hampshire Highland Games surrounded by…kilts!
Happy holidays! While thinking of what to share with readers, here, I have decided to post one of my favorite recipes. Chocolate-Chip Scottish Shortbread is a modern variation on a historical sweetbread commonly found in the Highlands, lowlands, and islands that make up Scotland. Shortbread required only a few ingredients, cooked quickly, and traveled well. I mention Scottish shortbread in most of my Scottish-themed romance novels, and since my boxed set Highland Games Through Time was released on December 5th, sharing it today is timely.
Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened * 1 cup sugar * 2 teaspoons vanilla * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Beat sugar and butter together. When light and fluffy, add vanilla and salt. Slowly add flour, and mix well. Gently fold in the chips. Divide dough in half. Press into two shortbread molds OR two 8” or 9” round cake pans OR spring-form pans. Bake about 18 minutes or when the edges are golden and the middle looks fairly solid. Do not overcook! Score each shortbread round into 8 wedges, without cutting all the way through. Leave in pans and cool on rack 10 minutes. Invert carefully onto racks. When cooled completely, break into wedges. Share!
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Nancy, are you of Scottish ancestry?