Friday, February 8, 2013

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

These cookies are light, fluffy, easy to make and melt in your mouth! Since Valentines day is approaching, I decided to add hearts and colorful sprinkles. But of course these cookies are great without decorations and for any occasion.


1 cup Butter (Softened)
1/2 cup Icing Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract (Other extract flavors taste great as well.)
1 cup White Rice Flour
1/2 cup Corn Starch
1/2 cup Tapioca Starch (You can also use another 1/2 cup cornstarch, or potato starch.)
Food dye, chocolate & sprinkles (Optional)

Side Note:

flour and starches I used are from a company called Bob's Red Mill. Please feel free to check out their website. They have amazing gluten free products!

Step #1:

Whip butter until smooth. I used a handheld mixer, but a fork would work just fine.

Step #2:
Once the butter is smooth, add icing sugar and vanilla. Beat until mixture is completely smooth.

Step #3:
Sift together corn starch, tapioca starch, and rice flour.
Then, slowly incorporate into mixture.

Step #4:
Roll batter into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. (Dough will be soft, but not sticky. If it is, add a tiny bit of icing sugar to the dough.) Leave 2 to 3 inches between each ball. -- If you want colorful dough, you would add food dye at this step. It's best to use gel food color because it will not change the doughs consistency.

Step #5:

Flatten balls with a fork dipped in icing sugar.

Step #6:

Bake cookies for 20-25 minutes in a preheated 325 degree over. Cookies are done when the bottoms begin to brown slightly.

Side Note:
Allow cookies to cool completely before moving. This step is very important. If you move the cookies before they are cooled, there is a possibility of them crumbling.

Optional Step:
Decorate the cookies using melted chocolate, sprinkles or whatever you have on hand. Just be very careful while decorating, these cookies are delicate.


  1. That's one of the things I hate most about a gluten-free diet. I've had to give up Lorna Doone cookies, and the Pecan Sandies from Keebler. I love shortbread, so I'm going to have to try these. And I think I'll add chopped pecans to part of the dough. Thanks for sharing it. :)

    1. I hope you like this recipe. It's definitely not the same as Keebler cookies, but they are still pretty good. :)Adding chopped pecans sounds delicious. -- Thank you so much for checking out my blog. I love readings new comments.