Gluten-Free Vegan Love · Dec 17, 2014

Simple Gluten-Free Vegan Shortbread Cookies {Refined Sugar-Free}

{Gluten-Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free}

This simple gluten-free vegan shortbread cookies recipe came about due to a reader request for a good shortbread recipe. When I asked what holiday recipe people would like to see on the blog next, Vera said:

I think my holiday fav is definitely shortbread – I’m a huge sucker for it and miss it terribly now that I am staying away from dairy/gluten!

Good news, Vera — I have a great simple gluten-free and dairy-free shortbread recipe I’ve been using a lot around here lately that I’d love to share with you! The best thing about these shortbread cookies is that it’s really just a three(ish) ingredient recipe that uses a gluten-free flour mix, a non-dairy butter, and any liquid sweetener {so it’s refined sugar-free too}. The fact this shortbread can be made with maple syrup {or honey, if you’re cool with that} is my favorite part. You also don’t need to chill this dough and so the cookies can be made all in one go and you can have your shortbread fix in no time

Simple Gluten-Free Vegan Shortbread Cookies Recipe:

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Simple Gluten-Free Vegan Shortbread Cookies {Refined Sugar-Free}
Prep time 20 mins
Cook/Chill Time 15 mins
Ready In 35 mins
Author: Audrey @ Gluten-Free Vegan Love Makes: 17-18 cookies
  • ½ cup non-dairy butter, at room temperature {I used 1 Earth Balance stick} {or make your own}
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup {or liquid sweetener of your choice}
  • 2¼ cups gluten-free flour blend {I recommend Pamela's Artisan Flour Blend} {or make your own by combining: 1 cup brown rice flour, ¾ cup tapioca starch, ½ cup sweet rice flour, ½ tsp guar gum}
  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • dash of salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Prepare a rolling area with two additional sheets of parchment paper for that, and have a pizza cutter or dough cutter and a fork handy.
  2. Place butter in a large mixing bowl and whip it with a mixer until it's creamy. Add sweetener, salt, and vanilla and mix once again to combine. Add in flour and use a wooden spoon to mix. Then get in there with your hands and mix everything together by working the dough until you can shape it into a ball {note: as depending on the flour mix you use there may be a slight variance, know that the consistency of the dough should not be sticky but should press together when pinched -- be sure to knead it really well first for some time -- if it's a little sticky, add a little more flour (try 1-2 tbsp); if it's a little dry add a little more sweetener (try 1 tbsp)}. Shape the dough into a ball and then flatten into a disk.
  3. Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper to ½" thickness. Use a pizza or dough cutter to cut the dough into 1" x 3" rectangles {cut into vertical 1" strips, and then cut horizontally to create the rectangles}. Carefully transfer to a prepared cookie sheet, spacing them ½" apart {they won't spread as they bake}. Gather up any dough scraps and repeat until all dough is used up. Use a fork to carefully pierce some holes in each cookie {to prevent bubbling and excessive cracking}.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven for approximately 14-15 minutes, until the edges begin to become a little golden. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. {Note: cookies will harden a little within minutes of cooling, so don't overbake}. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!

Notes Store cookies in an airtight container.

Double recipe for a larger batch if you'd like, but I recommend to then initially divide the dough into two balls before rolling out for easier handling.

I used these in a few recipes calling for shortbread cookies, like homemade twix bars, etc. and they worked really well. Just thought I'd put that option out there ;)

Happy Baking!

xo Audrey


This Simple Gluten-Free Vegan Shortbread Cookies recipe has been shared with Gluten-Free Fridays and Sweet and Savoury Sundays.

The post Simple Gluten-Free Vegan Shortbread Cookies {Refined Sugar-Free} appeared first on Gluten-Free Vegan Love.

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