Shortbread is a traditional Scottish cake, eaten all year round, but especially at Christmas and New Year. Made from the finest of ingredients, it must contain butter in order to have the correct taste. Traditionally made from oatmeal, sifted flour and rice flour are now frequently used.
Hogmanay shortbread is often larger, thicker and decorated with candied citron peel and some almond comfits.
The notched edges, formed by pinching between the thumb and finger, is thought to represent the sun's rays, dating back to sun-worship