Buttery shortbread can seem a bit plain when you compare it to cookies loaded up with chocolate chips, nuts and other goodies. I’ll take it any way it comes, because I am a big fan of shortbread when it is good, but it is worth noting that there are plenty of ways to dress up this relatively simple cookie. One way is to bake it in a specially made shortbread pan. These shallow pans have designs stamped into the bottom that emboss the shortbread dough with a pattern as it bakes. When the shortbread is done and has cooled, it can gently be turned out of the pan to reveal the design. Another plus of this type of pan is that they also have lines indicating where the shortbread pieces should be cut, or could be broke off into individual servings.
St Patrick’s Day is coming up and this Celtic Knot Shortbread Pan would be ideal for dressing up a batch of shortbread for the holiday. Its swirling Celtic designs are very pretty, and a little bit more sophisticated than a pattern that relies on four-leaf clovers to evoke the holiday. This particular pan is ceramic and comes with a booklet of shortbread recipes to use with it, though most shortbread recipes can easily be adapted to work in a pan this size and shape