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National Shortbread Day!
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Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day.  However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate.
So have fun with it and celebrate it!
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What is Shortbread?
"Shortbread is a type of biscuit (cookie) which is traditionally made from one part white sugar, two parts butter, and three parts oatmeal (although plain white flour is common today, and other ingredients like ground rice or cornflour are sometimes added to alter the texture). Shortbread is so named because of its crumbly texture (from an old meaning of the word short)." "The cause of this texture is its high fat content, provided by the butter." "The related word "shortening" refers to any fat that may be added to produce a short (crumbly) texture."

"Shortbread is not to be confused with shortcake"
(like strawberry shortcake) which is similar to shortbread but made using vegetable fat instead of butter, giving it a different texture. By coincidence, it is now understood that the short or crumbly texture is a result of the fact that the fat inhibits the formation of long protein (gluten) strands.

Baking procedure
Shortbread is baked at a low temperature to avoid browning. When cooked, it is nearly white, or a light golden brown.
Shortbread Recipe

Shapes
Shortbread is traditionally formed into one of three shapes: one large circle, which is divided into segments as soon as it is taken out of the oven ("Petticoat Tails", named from the French 'petits cotés', a pointed biscuit eaten with wine); individual round biscuits ("Shortbread Rounds"); or a thick (¾" or 2 cm) oblong slab cut into "fingers." It is made from a stiff dough that retains its shape well during cooking. The biscuits are often patterned, usually with the prongs of a fork before cooking; sometimes they are then sprinkled with more sugar while cooling. Shortbread biscuits are often associated with normal egg-based biscuits, but they hold their shape under pressure, making them ideal for packed meals.

Shortbread is also sometimes shaped in stars and other shapes for special occasions.
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Other January Holidays around the world
National Hot Tea Month  / National Oatmeal Month  / New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day  / National Bird Day  / National Peanut Brittle Day
National Toilet Day / Thomas Crapper Day  / Gone-ta-pott Day
National Spaghetti Day  / Rhubarb Pie Day  / National Pie Day
National Irish Coffee Day  / National Peanut Brittle Day  / Bad Hangover Day
National Chocolate Cake Day  / National Brandy Alexander Day
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Shortbread Day is celebrated annually on Jan 6th!

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