A handful of British nibbles boast a Royal Warrant of Appointment — essentially, a stamp of approval from the royal family — but today's treat, Duchy Originals trumps all when it comes to bragging rights among Anglophiles. Founded in 1992 by His Royal Highness Prince Charles The Prince of Wales, this brand of biscuits uses its royal clout for a good cause: historically, Duchy donates about $5 million of its sales to charity each year. But we're interested in answering the most important question of all: how do these cookies actually taste?
Duchy Originals Highland All Butter Shortbread
Thin, crisp, and crumbly, with an appropriately short texture, these butter-rich cookies earned high ratings from tasters (nary a mark below a 4 1/2). If you're looking to enjoy a classic shortbread cookie without turning on the oven, these will satisfy cravings, no doubt.
Duchy Originals Stem Ginger All Butter Shortbread
If you're asking what is stem ginger, and what is it doing in my shortbread cookies, we've got answers. Stem ginger typically refers to candied ginger, and as for the second half of the question, the spicy-sweet seasoning adds a hit of flavor to these buttery biscuits. Overall, we liked this less-traditional option, though a few tasters wished the ginger flavor was kicked up a notch, but most found its lingering aftertaste pleasing.