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Melting Shortbread Cookies Gluten Free

Many years ago, I was visiting my parents and my dad mentioned that the lady,  for whom he was doing  some work,  had  brought him a treat for coffee time - shortbread and coffee.  He mentioned several times how this was the best shortbread he had ever had, that it melted in his mouth.
That became my standard for shortbread - did it melt in my mouth?
Always enjoying shortbread, I wanted a gluten free recipe in time for the holiday season.
This one works really well and passes the shortbread test - Does it melt in your mouth?  YES, it does!
  • 3/4 cup butter - or half butter/half margarine
  • 1/2cup icing sugar 
  • 1 1/2 cups  Julie's Flour Mix  (gluten free) 
  • 3/4 tsp xanthan gum 
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • glazed red and green cherries
  1. Soften butter to room temperature. 
  2. Combine butter and icing sugar in mixer bowl - then beat until butter is white 
  3. Add flour mixed with xanthan gum - blend into butter/sugar
  4. Beat on high for at least 6 minutes. 
  5. Chill in refrigerator for a few minutes - or longer. 
  6. Drop by scant teaspoon onto parchment lined cookie sheet, top with cherries cut in half. 
  7. Bake at 300 degrees for 10-11 minutes  or until the edges begin to hint of turning golden. 
  8. Let cool completely before removing from pan - I slide the parchment paper onto a cooling rack to free up the pan for the next cookies. 
* These can also be baked in a cake pan with cherries even spaced to allow pieces cut in 1" squares. It is hard to keep the cherries centred on the cookies, the batter is very soft and the cherries want to slide as they bake.


  1. These cookies look very festive with the green & red cherries. Do you think this recipe would taste as good if AP flour was used in place of the gluten free flour mix or would it change the consistency too much?

    1. There is always a sure way to find out, isn't there? try it ! smile If you are talking AP as in wheat flour, it would change the cookie because shortbread cookies also usually use cornstarch, so you would probably be better off to use a reg. already tried recipe. We have a reg. shortbread cookie recipe on our blog.

  2. hei...wie gehts euch?
    Schöne adventzeit wünsche ich.Bussi.Luciene.


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