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Flash Fiction August 22shortbread

Every year at Christmastime Meg’s grandmother who was from Paisley Scotland would make shortbread.

Shortbread was an expensive luxury at one time and was usually only made for special occasions.

It is said that these rich delicious biscuits date back to the 12th century.

Meg would watch intently as her grandmother carefully measured out flour, icing sugar, and of course the butter. Into a big bowl, the ingredients would go, and the hand beating with force would begin.

Ever since her grandmothers passing Meg has carried on with her traditional recipe and bakes many batches of them at Christmas.


© Susan Zutautas 2019


This is written for a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch.  In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about old-world charm. It can be nostalgic or irreverent. You can invent an “old world,” return to migrant roots or recall ancient times. Go where the prompt leads you!


18 Comments Post a comment
  1. A nice post and thank you for the recipe

    Liked by 1 person

    August 23, 2019
  2. It’s such a treasure to learn recipes and carry it forward.

    Loved your post, Susan

    Liked by 1 person

    August 22, 2019
  3. I love shortbread and buy them in packs from my supermarket.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 22, 2019
    • Personally I prefer homemade shortbread over store bought but I have bought them from the supermarket.


      August 23, 2019
  4. Recipes are meant to be shared:)

    Liked by 1 person

    August 22, 2019
  5. A lovely post, Susan, and I enjoyed your recipes.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 22, 2019

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