{stories + snacks!} shortbread + sherlock

First of all, they're both Scottish.  Second, reading a good Sherlock Holmes story has the same buttery deliciousness about it that a shortbread cookie does.  Third, they are both given to leaving small clues behind in the form of either crumbs or criminal evidence.  Also, my shortbread has a little dark mystery to it: black peppercorn with a hint of lavender.

For a bite of Arthur Conan Doyle in your afternoon:
Free ebook from Project Gutenberg
Check out the stylish Sherlock Holmes: His Greatest Cases (pictured above)

For shortbread, continue after the break.

Peppercorn Shortbread (adapted from Joy of Cooking's Scotch Shortbread)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Beat together:

3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c. confestionaers' sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black peppercorn
1/2 tsp. lavender

Stir in:
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

Knead until blended.  Press the dough into the bottom of an ungreased 8-in. square baking pan.  Pierce the dough deeply with a fork all over in a decorative pattern.

Bake 45-50 minutes, or until shortbread is lightly browned.  Cut immediately into bars while still warm, then cool.


  1. Mmmm thanks for the recipe, I will definitely have to try this!

  2. Yum - I love the look and sounds of that shortbread ... and Sherlock Holmes seems like the perfect accompaniment.

  3. I have to try this recipe :) it looks delicious.


  4. i love shortbread cookies. i dont bake a lot these days but i used to. i think the secret to make them as biscuitty as its needed is not to knead the dough too much. not sure though. thats my personal baking experience talking. shortbread cookies + herbal tea + a good book = best way to spend a winter afternoon. angelica @aufrais.com