Reviews

Mary Macleod's Shortbread in the news! Read the articles, the accolades that highlight the events, awards and praise from shortbread aficionados across the country and around the world.

Apr 19 2018

You may think single malt scotch whiskey is Scotland’s contribution to the world, but shortbread cookies, beer, and obscure carrot pudding challenge whiskey for those in the know. In fact, in my Scottish household, carrot pudding, a poor man’s plum pudding, and shortbread, along with mincemeat pie, vied for supremacy every Christmas.

Mar 7 2018

The sweet smell of chocolate, sugar and butter wafts down the street; the shortbread Scottish-born Mary Macleod started selling here in 1981 is now globally sought out by biscuit buffs.

Nov 28 2017

After moving from Scotland to Toronto, Mary Macleod found herself craving the traditional buttery shortbread of her home country. But she couldn’t find it anywhere in the city. So she started her namesake operation in 1981 – the first shortbread-only bakery in all of Canada.

Nov 6 2017

 The Dutch Chocolate cookie is by far one of the best chocolate shortbread cookies I’ve ever tasted, and I can only imagine how even more delicious it must be to pair it with a warm cup of traditional hot chocolate! You truly can never go wrong with a traditional shortbread cookie with its melt in your mouth sweetness.

Nov 5 2017

These cookies smell like home. I was seriously transported back in time to childhood Christmas’ with my Mom’s amazing shortbread cookies.

Jul 14 2017

The high-quality ingredients give them a unique and refined, but still delicate, taste.  The buttery flavour is just superb.

May 7 2017

Each bite was flavourful, buttery and melt in your mouth deliciousness. I’ve tried shortbread cookies in the past and these were definitely at the top of the list.

Nov 23 2016

These decadent shortbread bars are made with two sugars and an abundance of butterscotch chips.  I love their rich caramel colour and unique fudge like quality! A great treat to enjoy at tea time with company or to give as a gift for the foodie in your life.

Nov 2 2016

Courtney Dickson is the Communications Manager for Mary Macleod’s Shortbread, where she oversees marketing, communications, and social media strategy. Courtney recently sat down with us to talk about all things shortbread, and also reflected on the recent passing of Mary Mcleod.

Oct 20 2016

"Tasting Mary Macleod’s original shortbread cookie—childhood memories of my Mom’s baking fill my head. I don’t have a ‘chocolate tooth’, however I love their Dutch chocolate cookies, and the maple crunch is the perfect Canadian classic. The butterscotch shortbread bars are another wonderful creation."

Mar 30 2016

Soft with a yielding crunch, they have the added texture of chocolate to melt in your mouth. 

Mar 9 2016

I loved the addition of chocolate in the shortbread cookies, which I had never had before.  It definitely does give them a nice added texture.  I also absolutely love that these cookies were bite-sized.  I don't eat a lot of sweets, but popping one of these in my mouth after dinner is just the perfect little treat. 

Dec 9 2014

"Mary Macleod had been selling handmade shortbread cookies for about a year when a woman in a yellow linen dress stepped into Macleod’s tiny bakery and changed everything."

Sep 19 2014

These Maple Crunch shortbread cookies by local bakery Mary Macleod's Shortbread are the epitome of a perfect shortbread cookie. 

May 23 2014

"This Toronto-based boutique shortbread company is on a mission: to move beyond the gustatory gulch that is Christmas. As the company slogan has it, ‘Shortbread is for all seasons.’"

Jul 15 2012

"Walking down Queen Street East, you might be lucky enough to be greeted with the magical aroma of baking shortbread wafting from Mary Macleod’s Shortbread store."

Apr 26 2012

"Mary's unique variation on traditional shortbread yielded a cookie so delicately balanced, rich and extraordinarily delicious that even food critic James Beard declared it to be the best shortbread he had ever tasted."

Dec 8 2011

"Here I am 30 years later, so I think it's more than just the shortbread," she says. "It's about people. Everybody that comes in is happy and they go out happy. They just love coming in and smelling it. It's a great privilege to have done that as an immigrant."

Dec 1 2011

"This charming little shop located at 639 Queen Street East in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood has beautifully decorated walls with Mary’s antique collector plates and shelves bursting with perfectly packaged shortbread cookies. The staff always gives me a warm welcome and an offer to sample a treat, making me so very happy. How could I refuse a cookie?"

Feb 6 2011

"Today, 30 years after she opened her store, Mary Macleod is still going strong. She moved a long time ago to 639 Queen Street East – just East of the Don Valley – and she continues to innovate and develop new recipes. Tins and boxes of her shortbread go out all over the world to devoted connoisseurs."

Dec 9 2010

"But every so often, if you’re lucky enough, some shortbread, like this famous handmade, all butter Mary Macleod’s Shortbread, gets dropped off at your front door (Santa?)"

Nov 11 2010

"Everyone should taste shortbread perfection at least once in a lifetime. Mary’s cookies (or her “wee babbies” as she calls them) are particularly fine and smooth… more melt-in-the-mouth than the hard-and-stubby, albeit-delicious, butter shortbread fingers I cut my teeth on in Scotland."

Aug 31 2010

"At Springridge, we strive to support local partnerships that help make our farm shoppe a unique boutique. This year, we are excited to have formed a new relationship with the local cookie connoisseurs at Mary Macleod's Shortbread. In our bakery, we are featuring Mary's mouthwatering Chocolate Crunch Shortbreads and they’ve already become a favourite treat to indulge in amongst our customers!"

Aug 31 2010

"It might be a Christmas favourite, but Mary Macleod’s shortbread is so good that her business booms year-round."

Dec 31 2008

"This place is a must try for anyone who loves a good shortbread cookie!"