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Walkers goes beyond shortbread with oat crackers and cakes

Walkers of shortbread fame also makes oats-based crackers and cookies.
Walkers of shortbread fame also makes oats-based crackers and cookies. apierleoni@sacbee.com

Walkers is internationally known for its rich shortbread, made in a “remote village” in Scotland since 1898, from a simple family recipe of butter, flour, sugar and salt.

What many shortbread-lovers don’t know is that Walkers also makes a line of delicious, crunchy oats-based crackers and thicker cakes (cookies) that team well with “butter, marmalade, fruit, soup, fish, cheese and honey” ($4.50 to $6.30). They’re also good just munched by themselves. New to the line is Three Seed Oak Crackers, with bits of pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds.

One of the six items is Scottish Biscuits for Cheese, a mix of oat and wheat flours. We put chunks of cheddar on top of a few, and slices of Swiss atop a few others. Soon, the plate was empty and we were full.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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