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How To Make Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

December 12, 2018

Learn how to make gluten free shortbread cookies, perfect for everything from your afternoon cup of tea to your holiday cookie plate!

It all began with a cup of tea and a book…

When my oldest was just a toddler, were reading a story (and in my sleepy momma stupor I cannot for the life of me remember which story, for her sister who is just 22 months younger than her was just a baby…and she gets the award for the toughest newborn sleeper in the house…). Anyway, this sweet story had a mouse or some sort of animal that was enjoying a cup of tea and cookies, and my little one thought that was just the bees knees…and from that day forward reminded me {daily} how we must try this tea and cookies deal.

My toddlers’ favorite “butter cookie”

For purposes of the SEO gods of Google, I’ve named these adorable cookies shortbread cookies because that is really what they are. But when Chloe was making them with me for the first few times and saw the big chunk of butter that was used to make them, she declared them “butter cookies” and from there forward, whenever she had a craving for tea and cookies she would ask for these amazing “butter cookies”…from the mouth of babes, right?!

Simple ingredients for busy motherhood

I couldn’t have asked for a simpler cookie to make than this cookie that my kids grew to ask for whenever they wanted a special treat to have with a cup of tea. Motherhood has a way of forcing the hand at time management, and with only 3 ingredients, shortbread cookies were able to find their way into my schedule easily – because let’s face it…momma kinda wanted a little cookie to go with her cup of coffee in the afternoon every once and a while too. 😉

Blender dough?! Yes please!

While a hand-held blender will work just fine for this recipe, I typically find myself just dumping it all into my food processor. In just a few minutes the dough is ready to roll out, and by the time the oven pre-heats the cookies are on the tray ready to go. This shortbread cookie dough is so very soft and easy to work with. You can re-roll it out easily to get every last little bit of it used up for your cookies too.

Shortbread cookie cutters

For years I just used a small mason jelly jar to make round circle shortbreads – this works just fine. While I do love the fancy scalloped edge of my cookie cutter, the mason jar is nostalgic for me because it is the way my girls ate them as little ones. If you want to get technical, and also have a better shortbread for dipping, the scalloped rectangle shortbread cookie cutter is the traditional way to shape these cookies.

Freezer friendly!

In fact, these little shortbread cookies are my favorite right out of the freezer. Which just so happens to mean that you can stash them away for those afternoons when all of the planets align making all the babes decide to take a nap at the same time…make your favorite brew and enjoy a cookie. Or for those times when you decide to take the school friends last minute and you want to win a few cool mom points for having fun cookies to enjoy after school.

 A blank slate

Shortbread cookie recipes are pretty endless as far as the possibilities to dress things up. This no-fuss momma just tends to keep them on the simple side with just a splash of almond extract or a dusting of real vanilla bean (my favorite). But you can dip them in chocolate and sprinkle with candy cane for the holidays (we LOVE these naturally dyed candy canes!), or fold in lavender or rose petals for a special valentine’s day treat. This basic shortbread recipe is fool-proof and has been a staple year after year in our oven!

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How To Make Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

Learn how to make gluten-free shortbread cookies, perfect for everything from your afternoon cup of tea to your holiday cookie plate!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free shortbread recipe, how to make gluten-free shortbread
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with Silpat.
  • Put the softened butter and powdered sugar into your food processor and blend to cream them. You could alternatively use a hand-held blender.
  • Add the flour to the food processor, and blend to combine until the dough gathers. You could use a hand mixer for this part too.
  • Turn the dough out onto a flour dusted counter top to roll out. You could use more Namaste flour blend or even just some white rice flour which is super inexpensive. You can use a generous amount of rice flour or Namaste to dust the surface and your rolling pin. Roll the dough out to your desired thickness and cut out the shapes you want. Traditional shortbreads are about ¼ inch in thickness.
  • Place the cut cookies onto a Silpat lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until the edges are just starting to become golden brown. The time will depend on how thick you made your cookies. The cookies in the images of this post take about 15 minutes. Cool for a couple minutes on the tray, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. If you want to dust your cookies with powdered sugar, it is best to do this while the cookies are warm so it sticks best.
  • Store your cooled cookies in an airtight container, or freeze them for long term storage.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Andrea December 12, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! They are delicious!! ❤️

  • Reply Courtney Queen December 13, 2018 at 12:26 pm


    Wow! Just wow! This is the easiest recipe, perfect for the busy holiday!

  • Reply Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri December 16, 2018 at 8:29 pm


    I love the special story behind these cookies. Such a lovely memory – both the cookbook and the babies enjoying these as their first cookies. My oldest, Little Love, also had shortbread cookies as her first cookie. 🙂 Your recipe is so simple and easy, I love it!

  • Reply Tessa Simpson December 17, 2018 at 9:11 am


    So excited to try these with the kids! Too easy not too, and sugar cookies are one of their favs!

  • Reply Kiran Dodeja Smith December 17, 2018 at 12:44 pm


    I love how this has such minimal ingredients. Love shortbread cookies and now we don’t have to miss out just because we can’t do gluten!

  • Reply Jean December 17, 2018 at 11:45 pm


    These are so delicious looking, And only 4 ingredients? Definitely my kinda recipe. 🙂

  • Reply Raia Todd December 18, 2018 at 11:01 am


    These sound so simple! I’m sure my kids would love them. 🙂

  • Reply Megan Stevens December 18, 2018 at 11:36 am


    Wow, Renee: Like you said, that dough looks like a dream to work with, and the cookies come out so beautifully! Perfection!

  • Reply Joni Gomes December 18, 2018 at 2:44 pm


    Woah, I cannot believe how easy it is to make these! Love that the dough is made in the food processor, that is how I like to do it!!

  • Reply linda spiker December 18, 2018 at 7:04 pm


    Shortbread cookies are a favorite around here!

  • Reply Meredith December 18, 2018 at 10:40 pm


    You are definitely my go-to resource for yummy, healthier cookies! First your cinnamon almond cookies (amazing… my boys loved them!) and now these adorable shortbread cookies?!? Thank you for making our holiday season delicious!

  • Reply Tina December 19, 2018 at 7:41 am


    I love when toddlers name foods! Butter cookie is perfect for these. You’ve got a smart little one 🙂

  • Reply Annemarie December 20, 2018 at 1:38 pm


    These look so delicious! I can’t believe how short the ingredient list is.

  • Reply CHIHYU December 21, 2018 at 9:53 am


    What a lovely recipe! Easy, simple, healthy, and totally yummy!

  • Reply STACEY CRAWFORD December 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm


    These look perfectly lovely and so simple too!

  • Reply Lindsey Dietz December 22, 2018 at 10:16 am


    What a special recipe for so many reasons! I love calling them “butter cookies” because that’s the best part! And only 4 ingredients? Wow.

  • Reply Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! December 23, 2018 at 5:46 pm


    Shortbread has always been a favorite for the same reason, they’re essentially ‘butter cookies’!

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