Allens Scottish Shortbread is a family-owned business in Charlottesville, Virginia, with a mission to “hand out happiness with every box of shortbread." The Allen Rabbit Family bakes their own batches of the beloved Scottish Shortbread recipe passed down from Grandma Rabbit of Glasglow, Scotland 35 years ago. Shortbread is called short because of the traditional ratio of one part sugar to two parts butter that lends a high fat content to the dough. This yields a soft, buttery crumb that melts in your mouth, similar to short crust pastry. The mouth-watering shortbread consists of four ingredients: flour, butter, sugar, and rice flour.
The box is branded with Beatrix Potter-style rabbits drawn by artist Cole Wardell. The figures in the drawing represent the owners and their daughter. There’s this really whimsical, warm, inviting scene that you see on the cover of the box. They wanted to keep the tartan pattern on the rabbits for the Scottish theme, but without associating it with the idea of the winter holiday stereotype. “In America, people associate Scottish shortbread with the holidays, but in Scotland they eat it every day,” Laura Allen said. “We want to be a part of people’s daily ritual.”
The Virginia Marketplace is excited to have Allens Scottish Shortbread, made right here in Charlottesville, to add to some of our gift baskets and gift boxes. The traditional flavor comes in 4 stick and 6 stick boxes. The 6 stick box is featured in Bucket of Treats and the 4 stick box is featured in our Spring Gift Box.