Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

Hello fancy little ladies!

I’m super excited about my first post on FLT!!

My name is Ashley & I blog at Bow+Arrow Art about life, family, creativity & gluten free/vegan baking :)

I’m allergic to gluten & dairy but I LOVE love to bake so I just make my own recipes and post them for my friends (you).

If we haven’t met yet, definitely say hi. I would love to meet you.

Anyway, on to the good part… cookies!

I even made this batch with star cookie cutters to go with the theme.

Fancy, I know :)

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

My fabulous shortbread recipe strongly resembles this one here.

She did a wonderful job & I barely edited a thing.

I just swapped the butter for Earth Balance vegan butter & the egg for vegan cream cheese and voila!

Holiday cookie perfection :)

Ok, ready to bake!?

Gluten Free & Vegan Shortbread Cookies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Earth Balance vegan butter (room temp)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 TBSP vegan cream cheese (Tofutti is great)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups gluten free flour (this one works very well for me)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum

  • Beat the butter & sugar until smooth & creamy (about 1 minute, do not over mix).
  • Beat in the cream cheese & vanilla (just a quick spin until incorporated).
  • Gently hand stir in the flour, salt and gum (mix until just incorporated).
  • Flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic and chill for at least an hour…or about 20 minutes in the freezer because you will not find me waiting an hour ūüėČ

(once chilled)

  • On a lightly floured surface or between 2 sheets of wax paper, roll out dough into a 1/2 inch thick circle.
  • Cut out into desired shape using a cookie cutter dipped in flour.
  • Place onto parchment lined baking sheet and place into refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Take out of refrigerator and place into preheated oven.
  • Bake for 15 minutes (cookies will not brown).
  • Cool completely on wire wrack.
  • Top with frosting or Royal Icing.
  • Enjoy!

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

There you have it.

“The best shortbread cookies ever.” According to my #1 fan/husband (who happens to have no problems with regular cookies but prefers these just the same.)

PS if you’re having trouble finding a good vegan Royal Icing recipe, try this one.

It’s my fave :)

Happy Happy Christmas to you & yours from me & mine.


Ashley is a wife, mama, baker, blogger, hugger, & creative soul. She desires to be an encouragement to those around her & to help other mamas find their worth in Him!


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