1. "She didn't relate this memory to Janet, but she did think right then that all golden ages are discovered within. No one would ever know that her father, Carl, the endless Iowa horizon, a pan of shortbread emerging from the oven, and her grandchildren laughing in the next room had indeed made her life a golden age."
- Jane Smiley, Golden Age
2. "She knew she had become the strange sort of lady that she remembered noticing as a child, the sort of lady who was always neat and kind, whose house was quiet because there were no children, who hosted the knitting circle and kept small treats around in case some child might be in need of a licorice whip or a shortbread cookie."
- Jane Smiley, Private Life
3. "Milk? Lady Bridgerton asked. Thank you, Gareth replied. No sugar, if you please. Hyacinth takes hers with three, Gregory said, reaching for a piece of shortbread. Why, Hyacinth ground out, would he care? Well, Gregory replied, taking a bite and chewing, he is your special friend."
- Julia Quinn, It's in His Kiss
4. "A Scotchwoman’s Shortbread Biscuits Cream together ½ pound (1 cup) warm butter with ¾ cup dark brown sugar. Work in 2 ¼ cups flour—slightly less if the mixture is too dry to hold together. Chill briefly, then divide in half. Pat out in two 8-10 circles on a large baking sheet (thinner for crisper, thicker for more cake-like). Cut through with a knife into eight equal wedges, but do not separate the pieces. Prick all over with a fork, and bake in a slow oven (325°) until golden. Re-trace the cuts on the circles while still hot, then break apart when cool. Better the next day, if that is possible."
- Laurie R. King, The Mary Russell Companion
5. "Ah, in how many rooms, upon how many studio couches, among how many books, had they found their own love, their marriage, their life together, a life which, in spite of its many disasters, its total calamity indeed -- and in spite too of any slight element of falsehood in its inception on her side, her marriage partly into the past, into her Anglo-Scottish ancestry, into the visioned empty ghost-whistling castles in Sutherland, into an emanation of gaunt lowland uncles chumbling shortbread at six o'clock in the morning -- had not been without triumph. (p.210)"
- Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano
6. "A wife! No one else could love a man who had been trampled on by iron feet. She would wash his feet after he had been spat on; she would comb his tangled hair; she would look into his embittered eyes. The more lacerated his soul, the more revolting and contemptible he became to the world, the more she would love him. She would run after a truck; she would wait in queues on Kuznetsky Most, or even by the camp boundary fence, desperate to hand over a few sweets or an onion; she would bake shortbread for him on an oil stove; she would give years of her life just to be able to see him for half an hour... Not every woman you sleep with can be called a wife."
- Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate
7. "I understand that you are an accomplished swords-man, she finally said. He eyed her curiously. Where was she going with this? I like to fence, yes, he replied. I have always wanted to learn. Good God, Gregory grunted. I would be quite good at it, she protested. I’m sure you would, her brother replied, which is why you should never be allowed within thirty feet of a sword. He turned to Gareth. She’s quite diabolical. Yes, I’d noticed, Gareth murmured, deciding that maybe there might be a bit more to Hyacinth’s brother than he had thought. Gregory shrugged, reaching for a piece of shortbread. It’s probably why we can’t seem to get her married off. Gregory! This came from Hyacinth, but that was only because Lady Bridgerton had excused herself and followed one of the footmen into the hall. It’s a compliment! Gregory protested. Haven’t you waited your entire life for me to agree that you’re smarter than any of the poor fools who have attempted to court you? You might find it difficult to"
- Julia Quinn, It's in His Kiss
8. "STRAWBERRY SHORTBREAD BAR COOKIES Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position. Hannah’s 1st Note: These are really easy and fast to make. Almost everyone loves them, including Baby Bethie, and they’re not even chocolate! 3 cups all purpose flour (pack it down in the cup when you measure it) ¾ cup powdered (confectioner’s) sugar (don’t sift un- less it’s got big lumps) 1 and ½ cups salted butter, softened (3 sticks, 12 ounces, ¾ pound) 1 can (21 ounces) strawberry pie filling (I used Comstock)*** *** - If you can’t find strawberry pie filling, you can use another berry filling, like raspberry, or blueberry. You can also use pie fillings of larger fruits like peach, apple, or whatever. If you do that, cut the fruit pieces into smaller pieces so that each bar cookie will have some. I just put my apple or peach pie filling in the food processor with the steel blade and zoop it up just short of being pureed. I’m not sure about using lemon pie filling. I haven’t tried that"
- Joanne Fluke, Devil's Food Cake Murder
9. " grinned. No. She rolled her eyes but didn’t bother to scold him any further than that. I was saying that we should have Edwina and her young man over for dinner one night. To see if we think they suit. I have never before seen her so interested in a gentleman, and I do so want her to be happy. Anthony reached for a biscuit. He was hungry, and he’d pretty much given up on the prospect of getting his wife into his lap. On the other hand, if he managed to clear off the cups and saucers, yanking her across the table might not have such messy consequences . . . He surreptitiously pushed the tray bearing the tea service to the side. Hmmm? he grunted, chewing on the biscuit. Oh, yes, of course. Edwina should be happy. Kate eyed him suspiciously. Are you certain you don’t want some tea with that biscuit? I’m not a great aficionado of brandy, but I would imagine that tea would taste better with shortbread. Actually, Anthony thought, the brandy did quite well with shortbread, but it certainly couldn’t"
- Julia Quinn, The Viscount Who Loved Me
10. "SNAPPY TURTLE PIE 1 chocolate cookie crumb pie shell (chocolate is best, but shortbread or graham cracker will also work just fine) 1 pint vanilla ice cream 4 ounces ( of a 6-ounce jar) caramel ice cream topping (I used Smucker’s) ½ cup salted pecan pieces 4 ounces ( of a 6-ounce jar) chocolate fudge ice cream topping (I used Smucker’s) 1 small container frozen Cool Whip (original, not low-fat, or real whipped cream) Hannah’s Note: If you can’t find salted pecans, buy plain pecans. Measure out ½ cup of pieces, heat them in the microwave or the oven until they’re hot and then toss them with 2 Tablespoons of melted, salted butter. Sprinkle on ¼ teaspoon of salt, toss again, and you have salted pecan pieces. Set your cookie crumb pie shell on the counter along with your ice cream carton. Let the ice cream soften for 5 to 10 minutes. You want it approximately the consistency of soft-serve. Using a rubber spatula, spread out your ice cream in the bottom of the chocolate cookie crumb"
- Joanne Fluke, Red Velvet Cupcake Murder