I was contacted by the generous folks at Walkers Shortbread a few weeks ago and they asked if I'd like to try out their new line of Homebake "Melt in the Mouth" Shortbread. I love their traditional shortbread, so of course I said YES!
One of the things that I appreciate and admire about Walkers Shortbread is that it contains minimal ingredients. When I say minimal, I mean just the basics: wheat flour, butter, sugar and salt! How many cookies on a typical grocery store shelf have just 4 ingredients? Not many I'm sure. There are no stabilizers, or fillers, no chemicals or artificial flavors or colors. NONE and I think that's pretty awesome, don't you?
After agreeing to sample their shortbread (my job is so rough!) they sent me 5 different varieties. Of course I got to sample their new line of Homebake Shortbread which includes Shortbread Fingers, Shortbread Triangles and Shortbread Rounds. I also received their traditional Pure Butter Shortbread Highlanders and the Pure Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread. yum!
Mr. H and I both tasted these one at a time and wrote down our tasting notes. I've listed them in order of preference, though all were delicious.
1st Place- Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Highlanders
We liked these the best because they had the perfect balance of butter and sweetness. The edges are rolled in demerara sugar which gives them a little extra crunchiness. We liked that a lot.
2nd Place- Walkers Homebake Recipe Shortbread Rounds<>
These were very similar to the Highlanders just without the demerara sugar. They were buttery and not too sweet and had a firm texture but were not hard. These are a great basic shortbread cookie and really did "melt in the mouth".
In addition to wheat flour, butter, sugar and salt, this shortbread cookie has sweet chocolate chips in it. These were really buttery with little pockets of sweetness scattered throughout. Mr. H really liked these but wished they were more chocolatey.
4th Place- Walkers Homebake Recipe Shortbread Triangles
These were the prettiest of the shortbread we had, but they were less sweet and buttery than the others. They were also the lightest and crunchiest of all.
5th Place- Walkers Homebake Recipe Shortbread Fingers
I was attracted to these fingers because they appeared to be the most homemade. I liked the lightly sugared tops and thought they resembled something that could come out of any one of our kitchens. Of course these were buttery just like the rest of them but they had a saltiness to them that the others didn't. They also seemed to be the most crumbly and sandy in texture.
The next time you come across a box of Walkers Shortbread, I hope you'll give them a try. I can say, without a doubt, that these will become a staple in my pantry. How can you resist that red tartan box?
Thank you Walkers!