a butter cookie commonly made in thick, pie-shaped wheels or rolled and cut in fancy shapes.

1795–1805; short + bread Unabridged
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shortbread (ˈʃɔːtˌbrɛd)
a rich crumbly biscuit made from dough with a large proportion of butter
[C19: from short (in the sense: crumbly)]

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Example sentences
She's as much an emblem and a tourist draw as tartan, bagpipes, and shortbread.
The colorful mixture of fruit and nuts makes for a festive presentation atop
  rich shortbread.
We double your pleasure by offering not one but two buttery, nutty shortbread
  rounds in each cookie.
We alternated syllabub tastes with shortbread cookies.
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