My Grandmother on my Mother's side came from Scotland when she was 12 years old. It really is quite a dramatic story that deserves it's own article, but I'll share the short version with you.
Her Dad came to the United States to find a home and get a business established before bringing his family over to the United States. By bringing, I don't mean that he went home and got them, and flew them back here with him, flight wasn't what it is today at that time. When all was ready, he would pay for passage for his wife and children, including my grandmother, to come from Scotland by ship.
A sad thing happened while he was here in the United States and my grandmother was back in Scotland with her mother, brother and two sisters. The youngest sister who was about 4 got leukemia. I have letters written back and forth between Great Grandma and Great Grandpa. I sat and cried as I read through them. It described her illness, how Great Grandpa wanted to get home to see her but that would not happen and she would pass away.
Imagine being the a mother of 4, losing your youngest while your husband was not home, then having to pack up the family and board a ship to America within a short time after. Such was the strength of my ancestors, and that is how my Grandmother got here when she was 12 years old. She came through Ellis Island like so many did to this part of the eastern United States.
This image is one of my Grandfather and Grandmother. He took care of her for many years as she had a stroke when she was in her 60's. She lived to be 90, and he, 97.
Do you have a traditional dessert or other recipe passed down from your ancestors?
@Margielynn it was a pleasure to write about my Grandmother and enjoy memories of her as I did so. I am glad you will be trying this recipe.
My hubby loves shortbread, I will be trying your recipes! Thanks for sharing the story of how your grandmother, it was very touching! Thanks for sharing grandma's recipe!
Haha @blackspanielgallery no, it's a very popular holiday treat, and not a bit of alcohol in it. Thank you for the compliment.
Excellent recipe. And, when I started this article I thought there would be liquid Scotch as an ingredient. Sort of like rum cake.
It is a very sweet tradition, and the pans are pretty. Oh yes, eating the shortbread is really the best part!!
I like that shortbread pan! I also like to eat shortbread :D and I like that you cream the butter in your recipe. I should get a shortbread pan and make this a Christmas tradition over here, too. :D
Shortbread! My mother, a great baker, used to make it.
@Veronica Thank you! I'm glad you also enjoy this sweet treat during the Christmas season.
This recipe is just right. It should never have any liquid in it. Creaming the butter first is important. Here in the North of England, we always have shortbread at Christmas and New Year.
How refreshing to have a proper shortbread recipe online.
@sandyspider it is so easy and delicious...and fine for a special occasion like Christmas.