These delicious treats are also known as Abernathy biscuits, but were not invented in Abernathy, Scotland. They are named after an English doctor, John Abernethy, who developed them to aid digestion.
Good, very lightly sweet cookies that are great with a cup of tea. My yield was more like 8-1/2 dozen, though, so be prepared for a lot of rolling and cutting - and sharing! - 23 Jul 2000 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
well I'll tell you......As a Scotsman living in america, for the last 20 years. These Abernathies are as good as my Grannys (Gramma). - 15 May 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I had never heard of these, but after reading about them, I think this is probably a good recipe for them. I replaced the shortening with butter because I never keep shortening on hand, and I found other recipes for this with butter. Very easy to make. The caraway seeds are a bit odd in a cookie and I wonder if they could be ground up first so you aren't left with so many seeds in your teeth. :-P The cookie baked up nicely and has a nice flavor. - 13 Jun 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)