pink iced shortbread biscuits shaped like hearts

5 ways to jazz up your shortbread recipes for Burns Night

Transform your shortbread for Burns Night with these tasty topping ideas

By Amy Lewis, 25 January 2016
5 ways to jazz up your shortbread recipes for Burns Night

With Burns Night upon us, there’s never been a better time to give your favorite shortbread recipe a tasty new twist!

Top the iced biccies with marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, nuts and more for a real treat

And if you don’t have the time to bake your own, these brilliant topping ideas will help to give any shop-bought shortbread a unique touch.

Chocolate dippers

Brilliant for shortbread fingers, make your own chocolate fondu by pouring melted dark, milk and white chocolate into small bowls and dipping the shortbread in to mix and match the flavours. Serving extra trimmings like hundreds and thousands or chopped fresh fruit on the side will help take things a new level too!

Shortbread recipe to try: Millionaire's Shortbread 

Iced with all the trimmings

Whip up a batch of buttercream icing and add some food colouring to spread over chunky round shortbreads. Then the real fun begins: top the iced biccies with marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, nuts and more for a real treat.

Shortbread recipe to try: Cherry Shortbread

Topped with jam and fruit

Who says fruit jams are only for spreading over scones? Dollop your favourite flavours onto the centre of crumbly shortbread and add scoops of clotted cream or fresh berries to give it some zing.

Shortbread recipe to try: Shortbread Heart Kisses 

Caramel sandwiches

Quickly give your shortbread the cheat’s Millionaire twist by whipping up a batch of gooey caramel (see how to make a rich caramel here) and spreading between two thin shortbread discs. Either eat them as the caramel cools for a deliciously messy treat, or leave to harden for dipping in tea.

Shortbread recipe to try: Thyme and Walnut Shortbread 

Wobbly jelly toppers

A wibbly wobbly topping the kids will love! Spoon scoops of fruity jelly onto thick shortbread bases and add sprinkles for extra decoration. Messy to eat, but tons of fun!

Shortbread recipe to try: Chocolate caramel shortbread