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Why does the Walker's Shortbread made for Starbucks taste better than the Walker's you buy in the store?

Asked by marinelife (62455points) February 6th, 2009

I am a shorbread freak. I am really not content with much of what I can find in this country. In Washington state, I used to get a locally made shortbread called Angus that was great.

I like the Walker’s at Starbucks, but it only comes in two-cookie packs. If you buy Walker’s at the store, it’s not as good (oilier).

I need help for my fix. Anyone got any ideas or great shortbread recipes? Warning: I’m picky.

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bythebay's avatar

I also love shortbread. Awhile back a friend gave me this recipe and I’ve used it now, several times. You must let it cool completely before you cut it (or your cookie crumbles). I’ve also added almond or vanilla for different events. Very simple & very good! *It doesn’t double well and remember to keep the baked cookie in an airtight container.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
3/4 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Blend all ingredients well. Dough will be stiff.
Press into a 9×9 inch buttered dish. Prick top with a fork.
Bake until pale golden brown on the edges. Cool and cut into squares.

aprilsimnel's avatar

It’s probably oilier for preservation purposes. The shortbread at Starbucks is bound to be sold a lot quicker than a box of it at the grocery store.

eponymoushipster's avatar

tastes better with Starbucks coffee?

also, as @aprilsimnel said, it’s is probably fresher. there’s only ever 3 or 4 packages of it out at my local SBUX.

and @bythebay , homemade shortbread is awesome. Use good butter, though! I read a really good NYT food article, and butter really does make a difference.

bythebay's avatar

@eponymoushipster: I’ve always used that Irish butter from whole foods; do they suggest anything in particular? I’m all about good butter!

eponymoushipster's avatar

@bythebay actually, there’s quite a number of things they suggest. Here is the article. Some not too bad recipes are associated; i like the looks of the french cookies in particular.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Cute baristas make EVERYTHING taste better. I’m also a particular fan of the Fruit and Cheese Plates, regardless of how expensive they are.

marinelife's avatar

@eponymoushipster Thanks for the link!

bythebay's avatar

@eponymoushipster: I’m not a big baker, so that article was loaded with info that is very useful to me. Also I was happy to read that the Kerry Gold butter I’ve been using got a thumbs up!

Thanks for the link!

kdr's avatar

We are pleased to hear that you enjoy the shortbread we bake for Starbucks. The Walkers at Starbucks is our Highlander Shortbread. This helps highlight a good point: shortbread is not the same recipe in a different shape. If the shortbread you are buying at the store is a different kind (Fingers, Rounds, Triangles) there will be a different taste. All of Walkers shortbread is made with flour, butter and salt but each shape has different ratios of each, are of different thickness and have varying bake times. This all leads to a different taste and texture for each type of shortbread and allows everyone to discover their personal favorite.

Hope this helps.

Walkers Shortbread.

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