Founder and Pastry Chef, Jean Silk, founded Silk Shortbread with a mission to bring the classic flavor of shortbread cookies to the United States to be enjoyed as they are in the regions such as the United Kingdom. Silk Shortbread cookies are a remembrance of tea time in the quaint bakeries and antique tea rooms found in the United Kingdom, Australia and India. Jean’s passion for the simple delectableness of the cookie was inspired by her time spent living and working in London in the early 1970’s where shortbread cookies are a teatime staple.
Shortbread cookies’ worldly history gives a deeper significance to this seemingly simple pastry. Shortbread was originally a common dessert served in Scotland and very popular in the remainder of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. The refined version of the cookie is attributed to Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th Century and consists of three basic ingredients: flour, sugar and butter. The treat was given the name ‘shortbread’ because of the crumbly texture caused by the large amount of flavorful butter in each cookie.
When Jean returned to the U.S., she began searching for a shortbread cookie comparable to the pure butter cookie that she enjoyed in England. Today, Jean provides the highest quality of cookie to inspire childhood memories and the comforting taste of home. Each one of Silk Shortbread’s thick, pure butter, melt-in-your-mouth cookies is baked with love and personal attention to ensure a perfectly delicious gourmet cookie. At one time, this buttery treat was considered a luxury and only relished on special occasions such as Christmas and weddings; now, Silk Shortbread offers this luxurious treat as a snack to be enjoyed every day. Our cookies are handmade in the beautiful southwest desert region of Phoenix, Arizona. Order your own US made cookies today!