Just before Christmas, Mike de Jong took to the Internet to share with British Columbians "his famous Christmas shortbread cookies recipe." At least, that's how his provincial Liberal leadership campaign described it. But, as the former attorney general himself acknowledged in the cookie baking YouTube video, his shortbread secrets are "not-so-secret." Speaking with Public Eye, the Abbotsford West MLA confirmed the recipe comes from the back of a cornstarch box.
"I always make the cookies. But I've always used the cornstarch box," de Jong said after we noticed the two recipes use exactly the same ingredients and measurements.
"Your intrepid reporter instincts have been confirmed yet again," he continued. "Along with the great Fraser Valley butter it makes for a great shortbread cookie."
At publication time, Mr. de Jong's shortbread video has been viewed almost 1,500 times and been the subject of coverage by CKNW and The Province.